Nevada City officials order owners of local nuisance to make repairs |

Nevada City officials order owners of local nuisance to make repairs

Eileen JoyceAlex Neel, with A/C Industrial, bags contaminated items from a methamphetamine lab found in an abandoned Searls Avenue house, Nevada City, during a recent drug bust.
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A week after a man was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine in an abandoned Searls Avenue house in Nevada City, the city has ordered the house repaired.

The “responsible parties” will have 10 days to fix the doors and the windows to make sure no strangers enter the house, city officials said Thursday.

If they don’t, the city will do it and charge them for the expense, added the officials, who declined to name the owners out of concern for their safety.

The letter was signed by Chief of Police Lou Trovato, City Clerk Cathy Wilcox-Barnes said Thursday.

“At this time, we’re just trying to take care of the situation,” Wilcox-Barnes said.

Under a Nevada City ordnance, a house is a “nuisance” when the building, or part of the building, endangers the life or health of the residents who live there or nearby.

The former property owner, a Nevada City resident, died Jan. 9, leaving two children and no will, county and court records show.

A probate hearing to determine whether the children will inherit the house is scheduled for Dec. 6 in Nevada County Superior Court.

The house has been assessed at $85,000, court records show.

Ron Jean, a neighbor who has lived on Searls Avenue on and off since the 1970s, said the house has been a problem since 1990.

“It’s been kind of a sore spot in the neighborhood for a long time,” Jean said Thursday.

“There’s been an awful lot of thievery in the neighborhood.”

One of his roommate’s motorcycle was stolen a couple of years ago, he said.

So was a generator, a chain saw, a ladder, and a saddle back off a motorcycle, he added.

Trovato said police patrols has been stepped up in the neighborhood.

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