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Nevada Facing Dangerous Property Concerns, Taking Steps To Improve Safety

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NEVADA, MISSOURI -

    The City of Nevada is facing issues with dangerous buildings across the community.
    And one neighbor, says he's waited long enough for action.
David Hamilton, Concerned Citizen: "What I like is they planted flowers out here."
Nevada Resident David Hamilton says that's about the only thing about this home at 504 Spring Street that he likes.
As for the rest of it...
Hamilton: "It just makes me upset."
Hamilton says this home has been falling apart since 2011 - and a number of different people have started repairs and then abandoned the property - which he says, has invited new residents.
Hamilton: "You got cats going in and out all the time, under the house, you got birds going in the holes, squirrels, possums going in."
So, he went to the city for answers, but Hamilton says the city is coming up short.
Hamilton: "They won't talk to ya, the city code officer will come by, take pictures, say, 'well, something's going to be done here real soon', well, this has been going on now like I said, for at least 4 or 5 years."
So, we reached out to the city to find out what's going on with this property - 
J.D. Kerhman, Nevada City Manager: "That property at 504 South Spring Street has been posted by the city 26 times over the years, since 2012."
J.D. Kehrman says he understands Mr. Hamilton's frustrations but he says he's also got a list of properties, like this one, that have to be dealt with first.

Kehrman: "There's 12 or 13 properties which are much much worse in front of it, that we really feel like are much more serious with regard to life health and safety type of issues."
Those are the issues - facing homes like this one on Ashland, which all but burned down in a fire.
It took the city more than $1,000 to track down the owner of this home - and they still haven't had a court hearing as of yet.
Kehrman says that doesn't mean they're not aware of the Spring Street house or that they're not doing anything about it.
Kehrman: "We're going to get to them, hopefully the new owner will be responsive, but if they're not, the dangerous building process is going to be the tool that we can finally use to deal with that property once and for all."
As for Hamilton...
Hamilton: "I'd have to see it to believe it."
City Manager Kerhman says the dangerous building process was revised just last December, and is taking time - and money - to implement.

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