Blight Enforcement

Mission

Provide services to the citizens of Sprague in order to enhance the quality of life and improve the neighborhoods where we live and work. Committed to proudly serving our community in a safe, professional, and effective manner.

Responsibility

  • Determine if a property is blighted, meaning in a state of disrepair or becoming dilapidated.
  • Notify property owners of vacant lots, vacant buildings, and abandoned motor vehicles of the requirements for year round maintenance of their properties.
  • Conduct proactive inspections to ensure compliance and, if necessary, direct property owners to comply.
  • Issue citations when necessary

Blighted Property Explanation

A blighted property includes any building, structure or parcel of land, including single family or multi-family residential or commercial, whether occupied or vacant, in which at least one (1) of the following conditions exist:

It does not comply with any municipal, state or federal law, regulation and Code provision regarding occupancy, care, maintenance and upkeep, including:
  • The Town Zoning Regulations
  • The State Building Code
  • The State Health Code
  • The State Fire Safety Code
Used to store or harbor illegal activity as documented by the state police, including criminal activities per investigations, arrest warrant applications, and actual arrests or convictions.

The condition of the building, structure or parcel of land constitutes an unsafe structure and poses a serious or immediate danger to the safety, health or general welfare of the community.
 
It is not being adequately maintained, as determined by the following factors: missing or boarded windows or doors; collapsing or missing walls, roof or floors; seriously damaged or missing siding or the building is otherwise dilapidated; a structurally faulty foundation; physical hazards, rodent harborage and infestation, improper storage of garbage, trash, rubbish, grocery carts, tires, hubcaps; keeping more than one unregistered vehicle in good working order and ready for registration, or any abandoned or junk vehicle, or discarded vehicle parts; on the premises visible from a public way; graffiti; fire damage.

It is adjacent to a sidewalk, for which the property's owner, agent, tenant is responsible to maintain in a safe condition for the use of the public, and its sidewalk is in any way obstructed by or littered with any substance, including trees, bushes, overgrowth, leaves, gravel, dirt, rubbish, garbage, bulky waste or trash which would in any way impede or imperil public travel upon the sidewalk or render it unsafe or unsightly.
 
Property that attracts or harbors vectors, rodents, insects, vermin and disease carrying animals.


Resources

Documents

Aquifer Protection Regulations