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7,500 ‘Nuisance’ Properties Targeted By Lake Elsinore Officials

The properties are in violation of the city’s health and safety code.

The City of Lake Elsinore is once again promising to crack down on landowners who do nothing about trash and weeds on their property.

During the regularly scheduled city council meeting Tuesday night, council members unanimously agreed to adopt the city’s annual weed and trash abatement program.

The purpose of the program is to clean up properties that pose a health, fire and/or safety risk to the public, according to city documents.

Approximately 7,500 vacant properties (no structures on them) are in violation of the city’s health and safety code due to rubbish pile-up, said Ken Seumalo, director of public works.

The alleged offenders can expect to receive a notice from the city in the coming days and weeks demanding cleanup. For those who fail to comply by May 6, the city will do the work at a cost to the property owner of $306 per parcel and an additional 2 cents per square foot, Seumalo said.

Property owners who disagree with the abatement are welcome to comment during a public hearing on the matter scheduled April 9. The hearing is part of the regularly scheduled city council meeting.

Click on the attached PDF for a city document that contains the list of properties targeted for abatement. The properties are listed by assessor’s parcel number, or APN, under Exhibit A in the document.

For residents who have concerns about nuisance properties that have structures on them, Seumalo said the city’s code enforcement should be contacted at (951) 674-3124, Ext 227.

tom January 23, 2013 at 07:13 AM
Why not bust the people dumping the trash?
The Teller of Truth January 23, 2013 at 07:16 AM
This is a good idea but I thought this city code was already in place?
tom January 23, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Invest in lake Elsinore,pay property taxes and then get fined because people use your place as a dump......why would anyone want to move here?
J Carabine January 23, 2013 at 04:45 PM
It is not always easy to find who dumped the trash.
Toni McAllister (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Code is in place, but this abatement program requires a public hearing. The attached PDF contains more details.
Frankie January 23, 2013 at 05:24 PM
The County needs to do the same thing with the properties on Grand, dumps!
David Pereira January 23, 2013 at 05:27 PM
And you like all the trash?
Tina Tyra January 23, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Probably because they do it when no one is looking and they can't be identified.
Reverend Smith January 23, 2013 at 08:09 PM
There are inexpensive, self-powered digital video cameras used by hunters and nature lovers that have night vision and start recording when motion is detected. With some ingenuity, they can be effectively camouflaged. Police or codes enforcement need to install these in areas that are regularly used ad illegal dumps. For that matter, some of these cameras (less expensive ones of course) can send a text and maybe snapshot when movement is detected. I'm sure many of these dumpers are from Mexico where this is just the way they've always gotten rid of trash. There probably are no officially designated "dumps". There's just some canyon or something where people have always dumped trash. They more here and are told they have to PAY for the privilege of dumping. They have to find this funny and just go on doing things the way they always have. The police and courts have to get serious about catching and prosecuting the dumpers or it will not end.
The Teller of Truth January 23, 2013 at 08:56 PM
I have been getting these abatement letters for years. Why do they just NOW require a public hearing?
The Teller of Truth January 23, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Thats true! Sometimes these people are just camping out for a few days, moving through and accidently leave all their garbage behind.....
The Teller of Truth January 23, 2013 at 09:03 PM
"Should the city staff abate a privately owned property, the owner will be assessed the cost of abatement at a rate of $.02 a square foot of thier lot size plus a flat rate of $306.00 administrative fee."
Michelle January 23, 2013 at 09:26 PM
It's more or less the East and West side of the lake. Those hills have eyes. I've been here now on the OTHER side for almost 14 years, but thankfully that will make some unfortunat ones leave and our Walmart may be more feasible to shop at, instead of me wasting gas and going to the Murrieta one. Or change boundries of Elsinore altogether!
Lake Elsinore Resident January 26, 2013 at 02:16 AM
I don't understand why the fee is not more. If all it cost was $306.00 to clean up a vacant lot then why not let the city do it. The cost to the owner is more. We have property and it costs us a lot more to have the weeds removed each year. I would jump at this in a moment. The fee should be added to the property tax bill then they can't get out of it. Pay it or loose it.


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