Ashland looks to join other cities with nuisance ordinance

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ASHLAND - After almost two years of complaints and a vacant, worn down mobile home, Ashland officials decided it was time for change.

The Ashland Board of Aldermen will vote Tuesday on a nuisance ordinance that would give the city the authority to abate dangerous structures. There is currently no such ordinance, and it has sparked debate for a while now.

A mobile home located at 102 Burnam Avenue centers that debate. Community members have voiced their concerns to Mayor Gene Rhorer.

"This first started out with clutter in the yard, tall grass, unsightly conditions and so on and so forth," Rhorer said.

The property is now vacant. Rhorer said since the residents left, windows have been broken and he said the structure looks unsafe.

Other cities like Fulton, Hallsville, Columbia and Jefferson City all have some sort of nuisance ordinance.

Rhorer said he has never been a fan of big government and said he would like to avoid having the ordinance. He said he knew something needed to change when a group of people from the neighborhood came to an aldermen meeting and demanded action.  

Rhorer said he would prefer the property owner make the suggested changes so the ordinance is not needed.

KOMU 8 reached out to the property owner's son, but there was no response.

If passed the ordinance will go into effect immediately. The city will then have to decide what to do with the mobile home.