Nearly a dozen more Rayville violation notices sent

Code-violation abatement notices have been sent to Rayville property owners regarding trash, junkyards, inoperable motor vehicles and other infractions. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

By Joy Tipping/Richmond News Managing Editor

Code violation-abatement notices continue to go out to property owners in the disincorporated town of Rayville, with 11 more sent out since late May. As of May 22, more than 35 complaints had been filed on 18 properties, so the latest batch of complaints brings the total to nearly 50.

A group of Rayville residents have been working to get the county to enforce codes, citing an ever-growing abundance of trash, junkyards and an illegal campground in the small town.

Letters had been sent to noncompliant homeowners in the past, but now they’re being sent with the backing of Ray County Prosecuting Attorney Camille Johnston, who says she will file charges against those who do not comply.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Stacy Wolfe, in an email last week, said the latest notices were sent to six homeowners for junk and debris violations, use of recreation vehicles as dwellings, work without a building permit, and inoperable motor vehicles.

“We’re working to make sure they (property owners) heed those warnings,” Johnston said Friday.

The complete version of this story appeared in the Tuesday, June 19, 2018, print edition of The Richmond News.

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