Owner alleges county double dipped on abatement

Pahrump resident Rick Flores complained Nye County sold a tractor, farm gear and other material taken off his home for $ 7,650 to a recycling business, but he was nevertheless hit with a $ 6,291.20 bill Tuesday for the cleanup of a nuisance house at 561 W. Irene St.

For years Flores served as a poster boy for code violations his home was 1st declared a nuisance on Sept. 20, 2005. It was the initial nuisance cleanup undertaken by the county billed to the owner.

Flores received quite a few delays more than the years. He complained of back problems, for instance, and the cleanup was then place on the back burner as the former district attorney declined to take aggressive action. He was allowed to preserve some vehicles classified as classic cars.

At the Tuesday meeting, Commissioner Joni Eastley brushed aside Flores’ final-minute protests and produced the motion to assess the fees as a lien on his house. Nye County Code Compliance Officer George Bernath stated it will be placed on his tax bill.

“You told me I was permitted a tractor and some farm gear that the county got and you turned about and sold it to recyclers,” Flores stated. “The tractor that was removed from my home was a 580 Case backhoe, it was worth $ 15,000. I lost a $ 7,000 mobile home trailer that I was promised I’d get back to my property,” Flores said.

He threatened to file grand theft auto charges against Ron Murphy Building, which did the cleanup.

Flores also talked about piles of recyclable material he was going to sell to get funds to pay for cleanup expenses.

“The cost for the metals totaled close to $ 7,650 that the county netted from CB auctions and also gave to the state. So I feel you guys took my metals and are double dipping on the charges you’re charging me on the metals you took from my property,” he said.

Ron Murphy Building turned in a $ four,800 invoice for removing items. The Nye County Sheriff’s Workplace billed $ 626.70 in overtime costs, and there was a $ 864.50 invoice for landfill fees.

The list of products filling up 12 dump truck loads over two days incorporated the charred remains of a fire that contaminated soil and gravel, two crushed up old mobile houses, many garage doors, window frames, plywood, pallets, broken cinder blocks, a burned out backhoe and numerous other things.

Flores said he was making use of torches to help workers cut up some of the debris. He asked commissioners to declare it a wash and not levy the lien.

“I do believe that we have to get collectively with the community and begin helping each other as an alternative of acquiring angry, because personal property is personal house and 1 person’s junk is another person’s treasure” Flores said.

He claimed to have healthcare records showing he underwent surgery. The nuisance complaint was aggravated recently when there was a fire on the home and Commissioner Gary Hollis stated he drove by the property not too long ago and saw all the debris.

Flores complained about becoming demonized in the press. Former code compliance officer Dick Johnson complained Flores threatened his life if he came on the property.

“I’ve never accosted someone. I’ve never stated anything wrong. George and me got along best,” Flores said.

He demanded answers on complaints he wasn’t allowed to dispose of junk automobiles with no titles and allowed to take things to the recyclers. But by that time, Nye County Commission Chairman Lorinda Wichman stated his time to talk had elapsed.

Even Commissioner Dan Schinhofen, usually a staunch defender of home rights, indicated his patience had run out.

“I’m loathe to do something on private home but soon after 5 years and plenty of deliberation and a lot of time, I’m happy with my vote here these days,” he stated.

Flores was 1 of 3 properties on the nuisance list for many years. Now Bernath has a list of other properties he’s eyeing for a cleanup.

Commissioners Tuesday also declared the existence of a public nuisance at 6880 Oakridge Ave., which is a treasurer’s trust house.

A citizen complaint was received Aug. 2 about a burned-out house with trash and debris causing a security and health hazard. The home owner, Richard Shantz, died. His widow listed the address but Bernath mentioned a letter sent to that residence was returned with no forwarding address or way of contacting the owners to inform them of the meeting.

A fire broke out at the mobile home Sept. 19, 2011. Shirley Shantz, her daughter Julie and son Richard, fiance Ronald Kramer and 3 dogs, escaped with tiny far more than their pajamas.

District Lawyer Brian Kunzi explained the county doesn’t personal a treasurer’s trust home but merely holds it in trust for the owner.

Eastley explained a public nuisance is a single that affects a considerable quantity of people, like an whole neighborhood or even a whole neighborhood. Bernath said primarily based on his inspection Aug. 7, he determined it was a public nuisance, due to the trash and debris scattered more than a lot of the property and an abandoned garage housing many pigeons.

A Pahrump bidder with a state demolition license submitted a quote of $ 7,390 to clean up the home, such as the demolition of the garage and little shed, but not like landfill charges of roughly $ 1,300.

On Oct. 16 commissioners authorized the declaration of a nuisance at 4080 W. Medicine Man Rd.

On Sept. 18, commissioners authorized a cleanup of six,000 to 8,000 cubic yards of largely concrete and Styrofoam at 2471 W. Larsen Dr. ahead of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD requires possession.

Commissioner Butch Borasky asked Bernath Tuesday about cleaning up a property at 3021 Cactus St. on the corner of Homestead Road, which was built and in no way occupied due to a failed foundation, with broken out windows. Bernath said he isn’t permitted to take action unless he receives a written complaint, adding it’s now less complicated to file complaints on the web.

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