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Dollar General told to clean vacant store

by Tom Chillemi

On Tuesday, Urbanna Town Administrator Lewis Filling sent a notice of violation to Dollar General Corporation regarding the vacant store on Virginia Street.

Dollar General moved out of the store last year. Since then brown paper has covered most of the front windows and dead flies have collected between the paper and the windows.

The town’s letter quoted sections of the town code that are being violated. The code requires property owners, occupants and persons in charge of lots and premises to remove “all trash, garbage, refuse or litter” that can “afford a breeding place for insects, rodents or reptiles.”

The code also requires that structures be maintained in a condition that is not “unsafe, dangerous, unhealthy, injurious or annoying to the public.”

The letter states, “Since Nickie Hauri, Lease Compliance Administrator, has been aware of these conditions, I would expect elimination within seven days of the date of this letter.” The letter is dated July 22, 2008.

The town’s action was prompted by Bob Calves, who addressed the town council at its meeting on Monday night. Calves told council he had hand delivered to Filling a written request on May 30 to enforce the nuisance code with regard to the vacant building.

Calves also noted a citizen recently placed two potted trees in front of the building. “These trees were an attempt to soften the disgusting appearance of the building,” said Calves.

The town’s letter was addressed to Ms. Kathleen Guion, division president of store operations, leasing and maintenance.

The Southside Sentinel left a phone message for Guion on Tuesday, asking for a comment. No one from Dollar General’s offices returned the call.

Dollar General does not own the building. The lease expires in 2009.

In other matters, Calves also told council he believes there are legal zoning issues regarding a Special Use Permit for a town business that was “transferred” from one location to another; and a problem with another business’s sign.

posted 07.24.2008

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