City of Belleville accuses property owner of violating weed and 'dangerous building' ordinances

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 18, 2017

BELLEVILLE — The City of Belleville is suing a property owner, citing alleged breach of duty.

The city filed a complaint on June 12 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against the Carlyle Development L.P., alleging that the defendant violated City Ordinance 93.02 and 93.041.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that City Ordinance 93.02 stipulates that property owners, lessees and occupants within the city must cut weeds and grass on their properties at all times to prevent weeds from reaching eight inches in height.

City Ordinance 93.041 prohibits anyone from maintaining a "dangerous building in the city" that could spread disease, be poorly constructed or lacks doors or windows. Both ordinances carry a penalty between $50 to $1,000.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant failed to keep grass on the property under eight inches and that the building was dangerous because the property allegedly needed to have its windows and doors boarded up.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order to pay the city of $3,978.50 as reimbursement for grass cutting services and $750 for boarding up windows and doors. The city also seeks an order requiring the defendant to maintain the property.

The city is represented by Brian D. Flynn of Flynn Guymon & Garavalia in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-MR-188

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