If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.
A home in Big Oak Estates was gutted by a fire about a year and a half ago. Not one thing has been done to the place since then. There’s a gaping hole in the roof, a blue tarp hangs in tatters, windows are shattered, weeds are 3 feet high. It is unsightly and an obvious health and safety nuisance. Why has nothing been done by anyone to secure or demolish this hazard?
The Hall County Marshal’s Office said it pursued the legal process to compel the owner to clean up the property.
When the house was still not cleaned up, the county began pursuing a nuisance and abatement process to make sure the property is cleaned up.
The Marshal’s Office said the nuisance and abatement method puts it in a “better position” to expedite clearing the property, whether someone else or the county clears it.
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