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Mayor Huether highlights property maintenance


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - A warning from Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether today:  the city will hold bad neighbors accountable.

     Huether spoke this morning in front of a house at 503 South Summit Avenue where police have been called over forty times this year.

     Huether says there is no challenge greater than dealing with bad neighbors in Sioux Falls.  He says it could be bad neighbor, a bad landlord, a bad tenant or a bad business owner.  He says it's someone who cares more about themselves than those people around them.              

     Huether says the process often begins when a resident reports a violation of an ordinance.  He says the city is required to complete due diligence with the violator and neighbor, which takes time.

      The city is pursuing the demolition of the Summit Avenue house through the City Attorney’s office.

     Tips to help you be a good neighbor include:  keep your yard clean, shovel your sidewalk, maintain your home, employa comercial garbage service and help neighbors when they need assistance.