Norman City Council declares house a public nuisance

Norman City Council members voted to declare a house a public nuisance and to have it locked and the water cut off.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: February 14, 2013
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Police arrest troublemakers at the house, Humphrey said, “but you can't arrest your way out of everything. In a short period of time, they're out of jail, and it starts up again.”

City council members voted to declare the house a public nuisance, cutting off water to the residence for the next six months. The council ordered the house locked, with signs posted that warn trespassers they will be prosecuted.

The owner has six months to repair the house and make it habitable, but city staff members said the woman has told them she can't afford to fix it. The council wants an update on the property in six months.

“We can come back and ask that the property be condemned if nothing is done,” said Linda Price, the city's revitalization manager.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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