Baker council targets blighted property with new ordinance
BAKER- The Baker City Council has voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance streamlining the process of cleaning up blighted and unsafe property in the city.
The new law does not change the kinds of violations targeted, which include abandoned buildings, hazardous structures, fire hazards, unsafe equipment and code violations.
Under the new ordinance approved Tuesday, offending property owners will still receive notice before the city acts and could be fined up to $500 for violations. However, The Louisiana Municipal Association will handle some of the legal procedures as well as collections on the fines.
The city will appoint a hearing officer to levy fines as well as consider appeals by property owners.