Minnehaha County throws the ‘Code Enforcement’ book at rural resident

(FF: 6:40) While I will give credit to the CC for giving this person many opportunities to clean up this lot, they put down their foot on Tuesday and now gave him 1 month to finish cleaning it up. They determined it a ‘public nuisance’. If he doesn’t clean it up, they will come in and seize vehicles.

Do I think he is in violation? Yes, but not as a ‘nuisance’. The only laws I feel he is breaking is not licensing abandoned vehicles. But I don’t think this is a ‘nuisance’ or health issue. He lives in a rural area for a reason, so he can collect his junk. I can go to any farm in this county or across the state that have junk tractors and equipment piled up. So what?! It’s a rural area.

I think they view this as a problem because he is on a major rural intersection where people can see it. As the owner points out, this property has been this way since his grandfather owned it in the 1940’s. In fact many neighbors who drive by on a daily basis have defended him and said they don’t have a problem with it. And why would they? They probably have a junk pile on their rural properties.

While I think nuisance laws and junk piles inside a city or town are important where there is small lots and density, I don’t think it is a big deal when it comes to the rural areas, and to be quite honest, I think this is just harassment. I encourage him to fight the county in court, but first license your vehicles or junk them.



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#1 LINDA on 09.14.18 at 4:16 pm

WHAT ABOUT ALL THE WEEDS AND GARBAGE BEING DUMPPED ON N MAIN ABOUT THE 900 BLOCK .THE WEEDS HAVE GROWN AROUND UTITLITY POLES LIKE 20 FEET THE DEAD ENDS SIGNS GETS COVERED UP EACH YEAR ON THE END 1ST STREET JUNK CARS ARE SITTING IN THE ALLEY WITH WEEDS GROING AROUND THEM JUST BECAUSE THEY KEEP PUTTING A LICENCE ON THEM DOESNT MAKE IT RIGHT THEOWNER TO THESE LIVES ON THE WEST SIDE OF N DAKOTA AVE . I ENJOY MY VIEW BUT THE OWNER OF THIS VACANT LOT PUTS UP NO TRESPASSING SIGNS . WHY DOES HE CLEAN UP .WE BATTLE WEEDS EACH YEAR THAT SEEM TO MAKE IT ON OUR PROPERTY FROM THAT HILL. IT IS A MAJOR HASZARD THERE .I BROUGHT THIS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE UTILITIES NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE .AND YET WE HAD A LICENCED CAMPER PARKED BEHIND OUR GARAGE SO BASICALY NO ONE WOULD SEE IT UNLESS THEY DROVE TO THE DEADEND OR DOWN THE ALLEY.THE CITY SAID WE BE FINED SAID BECAUSE YOU HAVE A CORNER LOT YOU HAVE TQO FRONT YARDS .WHAT A CROCK. WE HAVE PERSON ACROSS THE STREET WHO PARKS DISABLED CARS ACROSS THE SIDEWALK. GUESS ITS ALL IN WHO YOU KNOW OR HOW BIG YOUR POCKETBOOK IS .

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