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LeClaire Targets Nuisance Properties

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The LeClaire City Council has been addressing problematic properties for years, as part of their nuisance abatement program. They set aside a budget to make sure homeowners clean their yards.

Some neighbors say that how they feel about living next to a junk-filled yard depends on the type of junk.

"I'd be okay with it, as long as it wasn't garbage, like garbage bags full of garbage," resident Christina Cornett said.

"I'd hope that people would try to resolve their differences civilly between each other before they would get the government to intervene," resident Jesse Anderson said.

Anderson says most LeClaire yards aren't nuisances.

"The majority of yards that I see throughout town, as well as my neighborhood are pretty well kept, the same way that I'd keep mine," he said.

However, others have noticed nuisance properties, and have complained to city council.

"It makes people be nice to their neighbors, nice to the city, by cleaning up their yards and getting rid of the old junk that sits around," LeClaire Mayor Robert Scannell said.
The nuisance abatement program launched last May, targeting more than 50 properties. Mayor Scannell says a lot of the homeowners took their warning letters seriously, cleaning up their yards themselves, and leaving most of the $50,000 clean-up budget untouched.

However, he says some properties didn't remain clean for long.

"If they won't do it, then that's what that money was put in from the council, that we're going to go after them and make sure that they do it," he said.
The winter paused last year's cleanup.

"We never really got the project actually going full-force because it was in the middle of the year, middle of the summer, when we actually started it," he said.

Now that the snow is disappearing, the mayor says the city isn't going to wait.

"We'll go in with a dumpster if they don't take care of it," he said.

This year, he says, they're going to take care of dozens of homes.


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