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County sends $12,736 cleanup bill to Keyes owner

The owners of a Keyes property will be receiving a bill from Stanislaus County for $12,736 for the forced cleanup of a number of public nuisances.

The county’s Nuisance Abatement Hearing Board recommended approval of the action.

Stanislaus County’s Code Enforcement Unit routinely responds to complaints about eyesores and hazards in neighborhoods of the unincorporated area of the county. Typically the county tries to work with the owners to gain voluntary compliance to get rid of public nuisances. After going through its procedure list, on Oct. 25 the Nuisance Abatement Hearing Board supported staff’s recommendation to declare the property owned by Eddie and Joyce Best at 4128 Anna Avenue a nuisance and the Board of Supervisors authorized a forced cleanup in December. The county Department of Environmental Resources obtained a warrant to abate the mess and contracted with Modesto Sand & Gravel for $8,300 to remove the junk and debris. 

Part of the $12,736 includes the county paying Stanislaus Tow $1,000 to tow off an automobile and travel trailer. The county charged $1,508 in administrative time and $1,508 to pay for warrant preparation and inspectors time in the field. On July 30 county supervisors found the bill reasonable so the Department of Environmental Resources accounting unit will bill the Bests. If unpaid, a lien will be placed on the property.