Village working to get unsightly properties cleaned up

Owners to get chance to speak next month.

Owners of unsightly property in Brady be aware: Village officials are working to get the town cleaned up and your property might be next on the list.

During their regular monthly meeting on April 14, village trustees agreed to send letters to a pair of property owners asking for their cooperation to get land cleaned up and dilapidated buildings torn down.

Junk vehicles cluttering a piece of land at 108 S. Tyler St. and a crumbling building at 207 E. Hwy. 30 are the current focus of the board.

Both are eyesores in the village and both need attention, trustees agreed.

“The sad thing is, we’re all so used to looking at it that we don’t even see it anymore,” village clerk Pam Diehl said of the run-down building on East Highway 30.

But it’s not all about how the village looks. It’s also about safety.

The possibility of children finding their way onto either property is dangerous, Diehl said.

Village attorney Steve Vinton told trustees that village code includes a provision that gives owners of property deemed unsafe 10 days to rectify the situation.

After that time, he said, the village may have the property cleaned up and assess the cost to the owner.

Board members were not willing to take such a drastic measure just yet.

Trustee Jeff Miller suggested inviting the property owners to the next monthly meeting to discuss the situations face-to-face with the board.

“I think if we could just get them here to talk about it, that might ease the situation a little,” Miller said.

Trustee Troy Viter agreed, saying an invitation to discuss the nuisance infractions with the board lets the village share the complaints against the properties and gives the owners more control in the cleanup.

“It puts the ball in their court,” Viter said.

The issue will be on the board’s agenda for the May 12 meeting.

In other business, trustees:

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