Scottville commission to take action to abate blighted property.

November 15, 2020

Scottville commission to take action to abate blighted property.

SCOTTVILLE — The City Commission will consider passing a resolution to abate a blighted property at 404 S. Main St. when it meets Monday, Nov. 16. The property has been on the city’s blight list for the past several years and was recently ordered by District Health Department No. 10 as being uninhabitable. One of the major obstacles for the city to abate the property previously was that its owner, Becky Dodson, is deceased with no clear probate naming an heir. According to city documents, the current resident is squatting on the property. He was apparently living there when Dodson passed away in Sept. 2018. 

On Nov. 6, the health department declared the property uninhabitable and ordered it to be vacated. The commission’s resolution will allow the city to verify that the structure has been vacated and will allow the city to take measures to prevent further access. It will also allow the city to take action to clean up the remaining blight conditions on the exterior of the property. Any clean-up will be will at the initial cost of the city and then placed on the next property tax roll for collection. 

The city has received numerous complaints from other residences in the vicinity of the home.

City commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at city hall, 105 N. Main St. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is limited public seating. The meeting can also be accessed via Zoom here. Meeting ID: 882 2005 2282; passcode: 49454. Telephone access can be reached at 929-205-6099 or 312-626-6799.

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