LI homeowners: Clean up or pay up

December 11, 2008 4:12:23 PM PST
The economy may be a mess, but people's front yards shouldn't be. That's the viewpoint in one community on Long Island. And now, homeowners who don't clean up their yards will have it cleaned for them. Then, they'll get a bill for it. It's happening in Garden City Park.

When workers descended on one vacant property in the town, neighbors reacted with a smile and a sigh of relief.

For months, the people living on the block have complained about the lot. It sticks out like a sore thumb, the say, a sizeable hole surrounded by well-manicured gardens and picture-perfect homes.

And while the town of North Hempstead may be considered one of the best places to live in America, there are homeowners who aren't pulling their weight.

Town supervisor Jon Kaimman says the message is clean up or pay up.

"If they do it themselves, it's going to cost a lot less," he said.

After the cleanup, the town bills Nassau County, which then goes after the homeowner by putting a lien on the property.

Right now, a dozen properties are being singled out, and there more to come. ---

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lauren DeFranco

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