Abatement Position Has Zero Public Interest

By Fred Arnold Telescope Publisher

For a topic so many people were opinionated on as recently as a year ago, now that it’s time to step up, no one is making a sound.

Belleville city manager Adam Anderson told members of the local city council on Monday that his office has received no applications for the recently created position of nuisance abatement officer.

“We’re going to have to go back to the drawing board,” he said, ‘We can do another round of advertising but if no one applies we’re going to have do something different.”

Anderson said he has had a couple of people in his office who have had ideas about cleaning up certain properties in Belleville but that’s as far as it has went.

City leaders voted last month to try and hire their own nuisance abatement officer after they received notification from North Central Regional Planning that they would no longer be fulfilling that role. Council members said they believe it is important to continue the work started by Regional Planning in keeping the city in compliance with nuisance ordinances.

Local leaders say it is hard to fathom no one had shown interest in the position. One of the chief complaints from local citizens is that Belleville should have hired locally for the enforcement position instead of contracting with the Beloit firm. At that time numerous local people said they would do the job.

To date, no one has applied.

Nuisance Abatement Administer – City of Belleville

The City of Belleville is looking for someone to help administer the city’s nuisance abatement program in the NE quadrant of town in 2021. $18,000 is the expected contract amount which must cover all costs associated with successfully administering the program. The City will begin reviewing applications April 8th. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For more information contact City Manager Adam Anderson at aanderson@ bellevillegov.com. More information about the nuisance abatement program can be found on the city website at https://www.cityofbellevillekansas.com/nuisance-abatement-program.