The City of Marianna’s tough new dilapidated and nuisance property law is getting a lot tougher. City commissioners had the first reading Tuesday night of a revised ordinance which shortens the time given owners of nuisance property to clean it up or face foreclosure. Property owners still on the old dilapidated structures list have little time left for any sudden renovations. And after the second reading of the ordinance, probably at the next regular meeting Feb. 3, new listings will have only three months.
Commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of the shortened forbearance of foreclosure notice with little comment. There was no public comment at the public hearing, held in the middle of this first Tuesday regular meeting for January. City Manager Jim Dean also presented the commission with a list of properties that have 30 days to clean up the “dangerous” structures before demolition begins. Dean said after the meeting that none of the following properties are occupied; all are vacant according to his understanding. Also, the following list has been published in a local newspaper two times, he added:
1) Owners: William Clay, Geraldine Telfare and Sandra Baldwin estate, Address: 4276 Swilley St.
2) Joyce M. Baker, 4124 North St.
3) Willie Lee Speights estate, 4184 Cedar St.
4) Michelle Thorton estate and Sharon Norris McMillion, 4152 Cedar St.
5) Larry Miller, 4215 Clay St.
6) Clement Hoardes, 4111 Long St.
7) Elijah Gilbert Sr. and Dorothy Gilbert, 4101 Clay St.
8) H.C. Cotton Estate, 4221 Hickory Lane.
9) Robert L. Long and Dorothy L. Cook, 2895 Orange St.
10) Antron Fogler, 4201 Yost St.
11) Latrell Smith, 4223 Clay St.
12)Teresa Mack, Evelyn Street.
13) Stephen Hall, Daffin St.
14) Major and Dorothy Wooden, 4363 Heatrice St.
Dean said he wanted commissioners to have the list “in case your phones start ringing.” But he added the owners of those dilapidated structures were first notified by the city in October, 2013. So in about 30 days, the city may begin tearing down the houses or structures that have been declared dangerous to the public. After demolition by the city, the property owners would then be billed for the work and if they don’t pay, the city will file a lien against the property, Dean said.
The dilapidated property list was much longer when it was first issued in 2013. The owner of the former Malloy Motel and Plantation Restaurant property immediately began demolition of the old buildings after they appeared on the first list. The owners of all the houses that were occupied evidently cleaned up their properties. Commissioner John Roberts said after the meeting that 24 months “just proved to be too much time for the city to wait.”
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