Brown to answer to sanitation charges

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 22, 1999

Adams County resident Willie Brown Jr. is set to appear before Adams County Justice Court today on charges of violating sanitation and waste water codes.

The Adams County Health Department said earlier this month that Brown, of 200 Southmoor Drive, was in violation of county sanitation and waste water codes for the poor condition of his house and property in the Broadmoor community.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department arrested Brown Sept. 16 on those charges and later released him on his own recognizance.

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&uot;This has been going on for three years,&uot; said Tommy Jackson of the Adams County Health Department. &uot;We’ll work with anybody any way we can, but this had gone on too long. I had neighbors calling, supervisors calling – we had to turn over what information we had to the county prosecutor’s office. After that, it’s in their hands to file charges.&uot;

Supervisors voted Sept. 7 to have the county road crew clean up Brown’s property and charge the expense to Brown on his property taxes. Brown has begun clean up of his own property.

Supervisors said Brown’s property appeared to pose a threat to the health and safety of his neighbors. State law allows supervisors to order the property cleaned if it is a threat to public safety and the owner of the property has been given adequate notice to clean the property.

County Administrator Charlie Brown wrote a letter to Brown in July notifying him that the board would take such an action is he did not clean the property himself. Brown did not reply to that letter before the Sept. 7 vote to clean the property.

Representatives from the county road department continue to inspect Brown’s property to supervise continued clean up.