City Considers Taking Over Unkempt Properties

In one Madison County community, if you don't keep your property maintained, you could lose it to the local government.

That issue was debated Tuesday afternoon by the Richmond city commission.

Under a proposed ordinance , the city could take control of blighted property and use it for a public purpose, such as housing.

Mayor Connie Lawson wants the ordinance to cover both residential and business property.

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  • by charles Location: manchester ky, on Oct 26, 2007 at 08:13 AM
    sounds like we have no rights to our own property .why dont we just sign all we have left over to the citys that we live in an go to cuba,sounds like weare just about like them now.
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Oct 26, 2007 at 03:17 AM
    The city is probably looking for property for a new Superstore. Seize the poor people's property to make the rich richer. Sounds Republican to me.
  • by Bill on Oct 25, 2007 at 04:06 AM
    Must be one of those something for nothing democrats in charge.Its called robbery.Its not yours leave it be.Its the American way.
  • by Mike Location: Carter on Oct 25, 2007 at 03:42 AM
    Dewayne this country is already self destructing. Haven't we been controlled by Republicans for several years now? Mark all the illegals already have driver licenses and welfare benefits thanks to our Republican government.
  • by fed up Location: Richmond on Oct 24, 2007 at 11:53 PM
    Richmond "leaders" have been using our city for their own financial gain for many years. Why do we have such a small turn out when it comes to voting? The only way out of this mess is to exercise your rights as Americans and let's vote these people out. We have to have a much larger turn out at our polls. In the mean time the people that do vote are friends,family, and business partners of our elected politicans. Spread the word talk to your friends,family, and work environment to get out and vote. Let the common every day person's voice be heard. Let's stop complaining and do something to help stop the elected officials from making fools of us all and benefiting from our silence.
  • by Dwayne Location: Pike on Oct 23, 2007 at 04:39 PM
    Lets see if i got this right, the city wants to seize any private U.S Citizens property which by it's standards is unkempt? Wonder if Mayor Connie Lawson is related to Hitler? Whats wrong with Gov. these day's. What constitutional right makes it ok for any state or federal goverment to seize a law abiding citizen of the U.S.A land? None of them do, but is that going to stop this from happening? NO it wont because they will write a new law to make their confiscation of property all nice and legal. We are losing more and more rights and freedoms everyday due to crooked politics and Nazi'fied politicians. When will it sop you ask? It will stop when we the citizens of this country make a stand and refuse to be ran over. Mark, I fully agree with you if the Dem's win in 08 we can take old glory down and hoist up a white flag as this country will self destruct. We will be no better than the French. it's been 231 years!! It's time!! It's time now stop letting this tyrant Gov. Rob and Decieve us
  • by tired of corruption Location: richmond on Oct 23, 2007 at 03:09 PM
    Another example of richmonds corupt goverment. Those people use our city for their own financial gain just look at the post office store. Its leased land only for about 1-200 thousand dollars a year to one of the politicians here. They dont even own the building the post office paid for it.
  • by Anthony H Location: Berea on Oct 23, 2007 at 02:06 PM
    They should at least fine them. They don't have the right to take away their property even if it's unmaintance. HIre someone to clean it up and send a bill, then perhaps they'll learn a lesson and keep it clean. This is outrageous.... Connie is in Real Estate... is this her idea?
  • by mike Location: versailles on Oct 23, 2007 at 12:26 PM
    It is about time the cities do something like this. If the landowner lets the property fall into disrepair,and become an eyesore, the property should be taken away. But only in severely blighted situations.
  • by Mark Location: Lexington on Oct 23, 2007 at 12:10 PM
    Welcome to the world of big brother. There have been instances where property owners have restricted rights but who is to decide what a blighted property is? I live in a neighborhood covered with Mexican gang graffiti and all of the property looks blighted to me. Trash in the yards, junk cars, prostitutes, and druggies, but the city of Lexington thinks that is progress. So what is one to do? It sounds like another of those deals where one mans treasure is another man's junk. Come to Lexington if you want to see some really blighted property. It will be a lot worse when the Democrats get finished passing out driver licenses and free benefits to illegal aliens. You might as well shut up and enjoy it. You can't change progress. In Kentucky blight is a measure of how far we have come. The blighter the better.
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