It's a controversy that's been left with the North Dakota Attorney General to decide, who's responsible for cleaning up a junk filled yard in Grand Forks County.
At issue is whether it's the responsibility of the County or City of Grand Forks. A neighbor filed a complaint about garbage and junk cars at 8274 17th Avenue South. It's west of Interstate-29.
Technically, the property is west of city limits. So, the City claims it's the County's responsibility to get the property cleaned up. However, the County says the City has zoning jurisdiction for 2-miles past city limits. So, it's the City that should be responsible.
Gary Malm, G.F. County Commissioner: "The States Attorney said no, that is not County business. And Howard Swanson at the City says, yes it is."
Since the County and City can't agree, the Attorney General has now been asked to decide who's responsible for enforcing the cleanup of this property.
Gary Malm: "So, the answer will come from the Attorney General and the real problem is… what is the relationship within that 2-mile limit? Are we just talking about zoning or are we talking about more than that?"
Malm says once the issue is decided, the County or City will be able to go ahead and cleanup the property and bill the owner if the owner doesn't clean it up.
We weren't able to reach the property owner for comment. The Attorney General is expected to decide the issue within 90-days.