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City declares local property a nuisance

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A special public hear-
ing was held on Monday
evening prior to the
normally scheduled city
council meeting. The
public hearing which was
conducted by LaFayette
City Attorney Joseph
“Mac” Tucker highlighted
a problem property on the
northside of LaFayette.
After witness testimony
in the hearing LaFayette
council members voted
to declare the property a
nuisance.
Attorney Tucker
advised members of the
LaFayette city council that
a local property located at
216 N. LaFayette Street in
LaFayette was in violation
of city ordinance number
367. The ordinance relates
to overgrowth of vegeta-
tion on a property in the
city limits.
LaFayette Police Sgt.
Quantavious Lockhart
gave testimony to the
condition of the property
and efforts taken to get
the complaints resolved
prior to the hearing. Sgt.
Lockhart told members
of council and Attorney
Tucker the condition of
the property is one which
makes the property look
dilapidated and has heavy
overgrowth of grass and
weeds on the property.
Sgt. Lockhart also pro-
vided photos to members
of council to display the
growth of grass, weeds,
and other uncontrolled
vegetation on the property.
Sgt. Lockhart also stated
that despite knee deep
weeds on the property
there did not appear to be
any trash or debris present
in the yard
Sgt. Lockhart was re-
cently put in charge of en-
forcement efforts for prop-
erties in LaFayette. He
advised council members
that he had taken measures
to attempt to reach out to
the property owner on the
tax record for the property.
That individual has been
identified as Maquella L.
Jones. Sgt. Lockhart ad-
vised members of council
that he had posted a notice
on the ordinance violation
on a stake on the property
on June 11th.
The initial notice had
been moved from the stake
upon return to the prop-
erty by Sgt. Lockhart. A
second notice was placed
on the same stake on
Monday June 25th prior
to the public hearing. The
owner, Maquella L. Jones
was also mailed a notice
to the last address on file
with the tax record of the
property according to
Lockhart.
During the council
meeting the homeowner
was not present. Attor-
ney Tucker also opened
the floor to public com

ments, but no neighbors
or residents spoke on the
issue. The public hear-
ing was closed. Towards
the end of the regularly
scheduled council meeting
the property was declared
a nuisance property by
vote on a resolution. The
property being declared a
nuisance means city crews
can come in an address the
ordinance violation and
bill the homeowner for
those services performed.