Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Hartley council mulls nuisance protocol

Employee raises also approved

The Hartley City Council on Monday again debated better practices to deal with nuisance properties around town.

The council first broached the topic in April. 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 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.

"Every year we tell them we want to b...