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Commissioners vote to continue hearing for appeal of nuisance order

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners heard an appeal from several Mabton residents concerning what the county has labeled as a public nuisance.

The appeal, which was filed by Leopoldo and Quirin Madrigal and Antonio Espinoza-Soto of 201 Green Giant Rd. in Mabton, deals with a nuisance order issued by the county on Jan. 10. The nuisance order dealt with several of what the county notes are illegal conditions, including the use of recreational vehicles as storage units and the construction of a building more than 200 square feet in area without a building permit.

The appellants' attorney, Rick Smith, told commissioners that since the nuisance order was issued the structure had been moved to meet the required setbacks and had been reconstructed to make it smaller than the 200 square feet requirement. He noted that he had taken pictures of the structure and submitted them to the county.

County officials told commissioners that despite receiving the pictures, a site inspection will have to be done to ensure that the work has been completed.

As for the RVs, county officials recommended that the vehicles either be removed and rehabilitated to serve as actual recreational vehicles instead of storage units.

The commissioners voted to continue to the appeal to Tuesday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the Yakima County Courthouse, which will give the county time to do a site inspection and the appellants time to determine what to do with the recreational vehicles in question.

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