Presque Isle officials look to address public concerns over nuisance properites

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - Nuisance properties in one's community can be a real problem. City Manager Martin Puckett says the City Council and the Planning Board are working together to address the public's concern.

A particular focus has been a property on Oak Street. Neighbors spoke before the Council earlier this year about suspected drug activity at a vacant Oak Street house. Law enforcement investigated and subsequently made arrests. Now city officials are looking for a way to prevent future unlawful activity at that property and other vacant sites in the community.

"The Planning Board has started reviewing a Nuisance Property Ordinance, and what that does is if there's a certain amount of calls for police service, that it gets put on a list that the Council will review. So in the beginning stages right now, it's something that the city's drafting, so there will be public hearings for it in the future, but right now we're still working on the language to put it together."

According to Puckett, they relied on Code Enforcement to enforce ordinances in the past, as well as the police department in certain circumstances, but this will add another tool for city officials to address these situations. He says if anyone has concerns or questions about properties in the community, they should contact City Hall. Public comment is also welcome during Council meetings.