Muscle Shoals Enforcing New Nuisance Ordinance

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – In northwest Alabama, a city has taken an unprecedented stand against nuisance properties and the items that litter them.

It`s every home owners fear – next to their manicured lawn lies a lot that is unkempt and infringing on their property.

In the fall, the Muscle Shoals City Council addressed this issue and inspectors are enforcing the new ordinance for the first time this spring.

“If I had a high grass next to me, I would be complaining about it also. And we`re not picking on anybody, we just want them to do what they are supposed to do,” stated Crosswhite.

Muscle Shoals Building Inspector Tandy Crosswhite said his inspectors have written nearly 60 citations for lots with grass more than 12-inches high inside the city limits since April.

He said once cited, property owners have 14-days to clean-up their lot or face a fine of $100 and court costs.

If the owner fails to keep their lot clean, Crosswhite said fines can grow to $500 and possible jail time.

“Basically what this is for is the repeat offender. We were having the same people over and over every year,” explained Crosswhite.

It`s an ordinance officials said will help clean-up the city and hopefully keep it that way.

Muscle Shoals officials said the new ordinance addresses junk as well.

Any metal, vehicle, or building materials that are rusted, wrecked or inoperable will be considered junk and addressed by inspectors with a possible citation and fine.

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