County holds hearing on nuisance complaint

YAKIMA - A stash of more than 100 inoperable vehicles near Grandview was the subject yesterday, Tuesday, of a public hearing held by Yakima County commissioners.

David Saunders is the county's building official, and he said there are three family members with an interest in the property at 2531 Stover Road and its vehicles; Harry Brooks, Richard Brooks and Betty Dawkins.

Saunders said the case has been around since 2005, when the county started contacting the family about removing the vehicles.

He said the family has noted that there are so many cars on the property because some are sold and others are repaired. If that's the case, Saunders said in that scenario the landowners not only have a nuisance but are violating land use laws.

The hearing yesterday was a required appeals session, during which Saunders said there was no appearance by the landowners and no objections raised to having vehicles removed.

The land owners have less than a month to remove the vehicles from the property, based on an order the county issued on July 21.

If the vehicles are not removed, then Saunders said the county will hire a contractor to remove them at the land owners' expense.


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