Ignored citations will now be a nuisance to property owners.
Property owners in the Village of Waverly will now be subject to much stricter penalties for disregarding nuisance citations.
Waverly Council members passed legislation Tuesday that will make the penalties for ignoring citations much more severe.
Under the new law, if a public nuisance is found, the property owner will be issued a notice that details the violation and requests it to be resolved within ten days.
If the nuisance in not resolved with that ten day period, a citation will then be issued to the owner of the property or properties. The owner will then have 30 days to correct the violation.
If the nuisance is remedied by the owner to the satisfaction of Waverly’s Safety Director, then no further action will be taken.
During that same 30 day period, incase more time is needed, property owners will have the option of submitting a plan of action to the Safety Director detailing how and when the nuisance will be corrected.
If the owner does not resolve the issue or submit a plan of action within 30 days, the owner will then be subject to a fine of 50 dollars per day until either the nuisance is cured or the owner commences with a plan of action. If the fine is not paid after 90 days, the owner will face additional penalties.
Over the past decade the village has suffered a reasonably significant decrease in population. With that decrease in population, the village experienced an increase in the number of vacant properties scattered throughout its neighborhoods.
Due to neglect, a few of those properties have been deemed a public nuisance. However the former nuisance law was not encouraging property owners to make the requested changes. Council is confident the new law will encourage property owners to take action.