"County takes aim at Markham residence as nuisance property" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Commissioners Court approved a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Matagorda County at the court’s meeting Monday, Oct. 9. Crisis Center’s Marlena Merrell (front center) joined court members (rear, from left) commissioners Gary Graham and Bubba Frick, County Judge Nate McDonald, commissioners James Gibson and Kent Pollard.

 Several Matagorda County officials commented about a residential lot - across from Markham’s new school – the county contends is a public-health nuisance because of the amount of rubbish scattered there.
   The property on 8th Street and Avenue J in Markham was one of four locations County Attorney Denise Fortenberry was authorized to file suit against to abate nuisance conditions by the commissioners court at its regular Monday meeting, Oct. 9.
   The county regularly files these public nuisance abatement suits against property owners in all parts of the county.
   Rarely does more than one county official weigh in about a property’s conditions. They did Monday.
   “This is really, really bad,” County Environmental Health Director Lisa Krobot said about the lot’s conditions, adding “you can smell it too.”
   In presenting the nuisance cases to the court, Assistant County Attorney Jacqueline Lentz noted the lot’s rubbish accumulation in seeking the authority to file the abatement suit.
   Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick said the property was across the street from the lot where the new Markham Elementary School is located.

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