Animal control problems to be added to vacant property ordinance


North Olmsted, OH: Feral animals, insect pests, and overgrown lawns on vacant property are being addressed by the City Council.


Amendments to the city’s vacant property ordinances would allow city officials to give vacant property owners 10 days’ notice for instances for need to cut grass or remove pests from the premises.


Currently, the city lacks permissions to enter the property to handle such problems, despite other residents of neighborhoods with troublesome vacant properties that have pest control and blight issues extending to homes nearby.


If a vacant property owner does not act to alleviate the issues brought to their attention by the city, the city will have the authority to hire animal or pest controllers and other necessary contractors to bring the vacant property into line with code.


The cost of such actions would be added to the property tax or billed directly to the owner.


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