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Muscatine To Crack Down On Nuisance Properties

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Muscatine is cracking down on people who don't take care of their property.

It happens in virtually every city in America, a neighbor leaving their yard to become a nuisance. Well, it's time for the city of Muscatine to once again try to recoup the expense of cleaning up all this mess.

They're overgrown, ignored and unkempt and for the past two years the city has been footing the bill to have a private contractor mow this Muscatine yard.

"I've got to keep mine cut or i'd get in trouble with the city," Mark Colberg said. "So should they."

Besides the obvious eyesore, neighbor Mark Colberg says when grass is left to grow other problems grow right along with it.

"Gnats. Lot of gnats," he said. "Other than that, you're kind of getting used to it, all the empty houses around here."

Over the past six months the city says these so-called nuisance properties cost nearly $50-thousand to maintain. The city will discuss slapping the charges onto owners property taxes to recoup the costs during a council meeting.

"During the winter, you've got to remember, they come out to do the snow, so they're out here two to three times a year," Colberg said.

Many of the city's problems are with abandoned or vacant homes, a problem with no clear cut solution.

"There are a lot of nice houses that have been empty for two years plus," he said.

 

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