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'Dirty Dozen' in Billings causes headaches, issues for code enforcement

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BILLINGS - Rundown, abandoned, dilapidated properties across Billings keep the city's enforcement division busy on a near daily basis.

On Monday, Code Enforcement Supervisor Nicole Cromwell presented the 12 most problematic properties across town to the Billings City Council. The city faces a long overdue update to the city's nuisance code.

They're deemed the "Dirty Dozen" - 12 properties and locations rife with code violations and problems scattered throughout the city.

Here they are, in reverse order. Photos of all the properties are shown in the video above.

  • 12. A spot on McKenney Road with unfinished construction dating back a decade. A code enforcement nuisance case was opened June 2017.
  • 11. The graffiti-riddled Calhoun Lane. More than 200 city-wide code enforcement cases occurred last year. 
  • 10. On Orchard Lane, an example of parking on the side or front yard. The city reported 141 cases in 2017, the highest since tracking this violation in 2010.
  • 9. The dreaded open storage 16th Street West. Across the magic city, officials received 412 reports last year.
  • 8. More open storage on Alderson Avenue.
  • 7. Located on South 29th Street and exhibiting dangerous structure and open storage. With an out of state owner, the property's seen progress recently. The report shows 49 dangerous structure cases in Billings in 2017.
  • 6. Back on Alderson, with open storage, continuous garage sales, and trailers on the street. Last year, the city issued 683 parking tickets for trailer violations, wracking up $11,175 in fines.
  • 5. On Yellowstone Avenue, the vacant building sits as a vandalized eye-sore.
  • 4. No longer exists. The fire ravaged home on Bench Boulevard was demolished 6 months after sustained significant damage in May. The city continues to work with the fire department to close damaged buildings.
  • 3. On Zimmerman Trail where another fire torched the apartment building. While its owner awaits insurance settlement, the city has not issued a demolition permit.
  • 2. On Lewis Avenue where the city's received 19 complaints over the past decade. Repeat violations are a growing concern for code enforcement. Thirteen percent of cases last year were repeat violations.
  • 1. The Burlington Northern lot on First Avenue South. According to the city, its current occupant is a squatter on BNSF land, who sub-leased it to a local towing company. The city is working to resolve the case. 

The city is reworking its code language to help officials better enforce issues found across Billings.

You can fill out a complaint form to the city here.

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