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Code enforcement clearing Black Forest property

Posted at 6:46 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 10:00:50-05

EL PASO COUNTY — El Paso County Code Enforcement is taking action in Black Forest to clear out a property that has been a eyesore for years. There is so much stuff it is going to take days.

Mindy Madder, El Paso County Code Enforcement, Supervisor, says her team has been trying to work with this property owner. “We’ve been working with this property owner since 2015 to clean-up the property.

The property owner says the system is stacked against him. "The same people run the court that are out here doing this,” said Property Owner, Tony David, “You won't find an ear that's willing to hear you out. It's just all about what they say is right." He believes a lot of people in rural areas of the county believe in live and let live.

"Neighbors have reached out to code enforcement about this property,” said Madder. Across the county, her office has responded to 1,300 zoning complaints just this year. She says zoning laws in the county are enforced.

David has been given multiple opportunities over numerous years to clean-up the property and comply with zoning laws. The county is now acting on an Administrative Entry and Seizure Warrant issued by a judge. Crews contracted by the county are cleaning up the property. David will be billed for the work.