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Zombie Home Plan Moving Ahead

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Minot's abandoned flood properties are getting more and more attention from the City Council and Engineering Department.

The City of Minot says it currently owns three of these abandoned homes, and while you might see some of these houses in a few neighborhoods, new numbers estimate 200 of these properties are left.

That's about 10 percent of the original number of the flood properties.

Minot's city engineer says the residents of Minot are getting involved in cleaning up the properties.

(Lance Meyer, City Engineer) "They've cut the weeds, they've filled in the holes on some of them. Those are all good things of course. That means people are taking it upon themselves to get things cleaned up, and the ones that don't we send out those letters 5 days from the day of receipt to take care of the abatement. We tell them what the have to do. If they don't do it, after 5 days I send folks out there again to inspect it. If the work wasn't done, I send a work order to my contractor and he will take care of it."

Those violating city ordinance can receive a fine of $1,500 if they continue to leave property in disrepair, but some homeowners say they simply don't have the money to fix their home or pay the fine.

 

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