Council to tackle messy Owenton properties

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By Molly Haines

The Owenton City Council has agreed to look into its nuisance policies after receiveing several complaints.

Four of the six city councilmen presented comments concerning complaints they had been receiving about everything from junk cars to trash in the yards of Owenton residents.

Councilman Joshua Willoughby said not only had he been receiving complaints, but people were bringing him pictures of different properties they felt needed to be cleaned up.

Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier also showed concern.

“We get more criticism about this than anything else,” Wotier said.

Councilman Robert “Bob” Osborne, Casey Ellis and Larry Dale Perry were all in agreement.

Currently when Owenton citizens have complaints about this issue, Police Chief Terry Gentry sends out a letter to the property owners requesting the issue be taken care of or goes to their home and meets with them personally. If the issue is not taken care of, citizens can be taken to court over it.

In order to solve this ongoing problem, council members will receive a copy of the ordinance to review and pick out any concerns for next month’s city council meeting.