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County denies nuisance order appeal

MABTON - More than two months after having their property denoted as a public nuisance by Yakima County, several Mabton residents are back in the county's good graces.

Leopoldo and Quirin Madrigal and Antonio Espinoza-Soto appealed a nuisance order issued by the county on Jan. 10. The nuisance order dealt with several of what the county noted were 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.

Two weeks ago, during the March 1 meeting of the Yakima County commissioners, the appellants' attorney, Rick Smith, told commissioners that since the nuisance order had been issued the structure in question had been moved to meet the required setbacks and had been reconstructed to make it smaller than the 200 square foot requirement.

As for the RVs, at the time county officials recommended that the vehicles be removed or rehabilitated to serve as actual recreational vehicles instead of storage units. During that meeting, the county issued a continuation of the public hearing, allowing the county time to go back out to the property and perform a follow-up site inspection.

Last week, county staff members reported that upon inspection the property is now in compliance with county regulations. Despite having come into compliance, staff members recommended commissioners deny the appeal because at the time the nuisance order was issued the property was not in compliance.

Yakima County commissioners voted to deny the appeal.

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