A miracle on 4th Street or just some hard work? The corner of 4th and Elm looks terrific. A big thank you to those responsible for the clean-up. Empty lots and uninhabited houses in Blanco do not need to look abandoned and neglected. Private property should not be allowed to be a danger to the safety and health of Blanco’s citizens. Snakes, mosquitoes, rats and other vermin live in abandoned buildings that are not kept up to code.
City ordinance 332 states that “It shall be unlawful for any person or entity who shall own or occupy property within the City ...to allow the accumulation of refuse, vegetation, or other matter that creates breeding and living places for insects and rodents;” and “the accumulation of materials or matter that creates a public safety hazard.” Refuse is defined as garbage, junk or rubbish, which when kept, stored, or allowed to accumulate upon property, creates or tends to create an unsafe, unsightly, or unsanitary environment, promotes the breeding and habitat for insects, rodents or other vermin, or has a blighting influence on the property or on the neighborhood. Violations of this ordinance are punishable by a fine of up to $2000. Violations must be reported to the City by citizens or employees of the City of Blanco before action can be taken. Help keep Blanco beautiful and safe.