Vacant property ordinance stalled by enforcement concerns


October 24, 2019

Havre Daily News/File photo

The Woodrow Apartments bask in the evening sun Aug. 20. A proposal to create a registry of vacant properties in Havre has hit a stumbling block due to the form of Havre's city government.

Havre's vacant property registration ordinance has been at a standstill since it was last sent in June to the city attorney, who advised the city that enacting a VPRO would not be in the best interest of Havre.

Local officials agree that perhaps the only way of proceeding with a VPRO would be changing Havre from a general law municipality to a charter law municipality.

"We are fighting an uphill battle," Havre Mayor Tim Solomon said. 

The city has been looking at some kind of ordinance to cover vacant properties since Samantha Clawson, director of Head Start at District 4 Human Resourc...

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