McDonough council ramps up enforcement on unkempt properties

The McDonough City Council voted at its Nov. 7 meeting to adopt an ordinance amending the city code in the area of enforcement regarding properties with litter.

Under the new guidelines, the city can go in and do necessary cleanup on a property, then place a lien to ultimately collect the money due for the work, according to officials. The ordinance also applies to grass that is allowed to grow well above the limit specified by the city. It was made clear during the council discussion that these types of liens cannot be used for taking of property, although an owner cannot transfer or sell property without satisfying such a lien.

The motion to approve included a stipulation that gives offending property owners 30 days from the time of notice to make payment.