The deadline has passed for a Jamestown landlord to pay tens of thousands of dollars in past-due sewer bills, so 15 low-income properties will likely be boarded up and tenants required to leave by early next week.
According to the Jamestown Sanitary District, Stewart Hatler has $38,000 in unpaid sewer bills for his properties around Seventh Street, Ninth Avenue and Maple Alley. Jamestown sewer officials in February set a May 28 deadline for him to pay up, threatening to shut off service on the units if he doesn't.
District Finance Officer and General Manager Patricia Ingalls said Wednesday that he visited the office twice that day and asked for another extension. It was not granted.
The lack of payment means representatives JSD, Tuolumne County and other agencies will be posting notices on Friday for any tenants in the buildings to leave by Monday. The Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency will also have people on the scene to help with housing needs for remaining tenants.
"We're ready to mobilize by Monday," Ingalls said, referring to shutting off the sewer service. "All the tenants know. … There's no surprises here."
As many as 40 people living in the units learned in late January that their sewer service would be cut off if the bills were not paid. Without sewer service, the county building department will deem the units uninhabitable. Anyone living in them will be required to vacate within 24 hours.
For the complete story, see the May 29, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.