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Hartley council mulls ways to improve outcomes for nuisance properties

An old issue reared its head last month inside Hartley City Council Chambers.

Members on April 15 mulled ways to improve enforcement of nuisance ordinances. The city currently utilizes the services of Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission (NIPDC), which was hired several years ago to assess problematic residences, send abatement notices and attempt to mitigate the violations.

According to discussion, city officials have been disappointed in NIPDC's efforts, noting an alleged lack of follow-up enforcement once letters are sent to property owners in recent years.

"There's no follow-...