14 properties identified as blight in Shelby.

August 27, 2019

14 properties identified as blight in Shelby.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

SHELBY – If you don’t clean up the garbage in your yard, remove junk cars and furniture, or tear down dangerous structures in the village, you will get a ticket.

The Shelby Village Council adopted a blight ordinance aimed at keeping the village cleaner and safer, March 31. Village officials recently identified 14 properties as blight and will issue tickets to property owners who do not clean up the mess.

“This new ordinance has been something that the council and I have discussed since I was brought on board,” said Shelby Village Administrator Robert Widigan who was hired in June of 2018.

“Chief (Robert) Farber and I have met multiple times since the last council meeting to ramp up the enforcement side of the blight ordinance,” states Widigan in a memorandum to the council dated Aug. 26. “The village sent out notice of ordinance violation letters to numerous residents on Thursday, Aug. 22, and Friday, Aug. 23. Compliance is required within 12 days from the date of mailing. Failure to comply will result in the issuance of a municipal civil infraction.

“Chief is also working with a few property owners that have been making progress on cleaning up the blight. Those who are in the process of actively cleaning up blight were not issued notices. We are no longer in ‘education mode.’ This ordinance has been on the books since March 31, 2019. It has been discussed in the local newspapers, on Facebook, and is on our website. Tickets will be issued to those who fail to comply.

“The ultimate goal behind this ordinance is to prevent, reduce, and eliminate blight and ultimately promote public health and safety in our community,” said Widigan.

“Shelby Roars has been instrumental in supporting and pushing for a blight ordinance.” Shelby Roars is a volunteer community improvement team that recently formed in Shelby.

“Last year, the Shelby Area Community Assessment that was conducted by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan and sponsored by the Community Foundation for Oceana County discussed the need to create and enforce a blight ordinance that was highlighted by multiple stakeholders.”

According to the ordinance language, first offenders will be fined $150 plus costs. Second and subsequent offenders will receive a $200 fine plus costs. A blight offender has 10 days to rectify the situation after being personally served the citation and 12 days after receiving it in the mail.

“Dangerous buildings, abandoned structures, junk or garbage, litter, etc. have a dramatic impact on a community,” said Widigan. “Blight lowers property values; negatively impacts the local economy; and dampens residents’ wellbeing and connection to their community. Neglect is evident in many of the rental units and other buildings throughout the community. Ultimately, the village is looking to engage and work with residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to collaboratively prevent, reduce and eliminate blight.”

To read the entire ordinance, visit the village’s web site, www.shelbyvillage.com.

If a citizen is impacted by a nearby “eyesore,” they should contact the village office.

The following addresses were issued notice of ordinance violation letters:

– 199 Cherry Street
– 96 E. Fifth Street
– 84 Ellis Street
– 387 Elm Street
– 155 Ferry Street
– 552 Fowler Street
– 56 Grant Street
– 68 Grant Street
– 536 Harvey Street
– 383 Pine Street
– 172 S. State Street
– 171 Sessions Road
– 100 W. Fourth Street

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