Genoa police sent seven warning letters recently to property owners who haven’t cleaned up junk vehicles despite village efforts to work with them.
The letters are the newest part of the junk vehicle crackdown undertaken by Police Chief Bob Bratton and his department.
At the direction of village council, Bratton has been working on the junk vehicle/trash issue for months. The better part of the project has involved one-on-one talks with property owners. The goal, he said, is to get the sites cleaned up without going through legal channels, he said.
“I’ve been working on this for a while. I’ve had some success working with the people,” the chief said.
Some others, not so much.
The seven properties targeted in this first round of letters are located across the village. The junk vehicles and trash have accumulated along the alleys and throughout side yards for an undetermined amount of time.
The letters state that property owners have until Nov. 12 to deal with the problem. That is, the chief said, they need to get the places cleaned up or contact us with a plan that shows they are really attempting to do something about the mess.
If these warnings go unanswered, police officers must issue citations.
Property owners will then head to Ottawa County Municipal Court to respond to the misdemeanor charges.
“If the court orders them to remove the trash, they will have so long to do that,” Bratton said.
Further resistance will force village officials to take matters into their own hands.
The lands will be cleaned up by the village and the expenses will be attached to the property owners’ tax assessments, Bratton explained.