City abates 9 properties

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The City of Andalusia has begun the abatement process with these East Three Notch Street apartments because they are unsafe structures. If the owner doesn’t respond, the structures could be torn down.

The Andalusia City Council Tuesday began the abatement process for nine separate properties in Andalusia, including:

• Cedar Apartments on East Three Notch, for unsafe property.

• 403 Opp Ave, for trash, litter, and unsafe structure

• 322 Pugh St., for weeds

• 206 Oak St., for weeds, junk and furniture on the porch

• Henderson Street, for weeds, junk, litter and abandoned car.

• 13200 Brooklyn Road, for weeds

• 101 Doyle St., for weeds

• 204 6th Ave., for weeds

• 244 Hilda St., for clean-up

Alabama law has a long and detailed process for abatement. Before Tuesday night’s actions, property owners had received courtesy letters asking them to comply with city ordinances. They will now receive a certified letter from the city and will have 15 days to appeal their cases.

If they appeal, they can go before the council and plead their cases, asking for leniency. If they do not appeal and do not comply, the city can clean up the property and bill the property owner in the case of weed problems, or proceed with demolition. City ordinance 1994-7 sets out the guidelines of the process.