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Members discuss how other cities handle derelict properties


October 10, 2017

Havre Daily News/Floyd Brandt

Drs. Erica Farmer and Marc Whitacre, from left, Samantha Clawson and Rep. Jacob Bachmeier, D-Havre, listen Monday as Caleb Hutchins speaks in the Fireside Room of Montana State University-Northern's Student Union Building during a meeting of the ad hoc committee looking at whether Havre should implement laws to regulate vacant properties.

Members of Havre City Council's Vacant Properties Ad Hoc Committee met Monday evening to discuss research they had collected about 10 other U.S. cities that have implemented ordinances meant to tackle blight caused by derelict vacant properties.

The five committee members, who met at the Student Union Building at Montana State University-Northern, presented information about the cities each had looked into.

The committee is aiming for another meeting within the next two weeks, during which they hope the city attorney will be available to provide information about what can and cannot be l...

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