Jimtown renters facing eviction

Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat

Residents of more than a dozen low-income rental units in Jamestown will be forced to move this week after their landlord failed to pay a large sewer bill in time.

Jamestown Sanitary District officials said property owner Stewart Hatler still hadn't paid $38,000 in outstanding bills as of the end of business Friday. District and Tuolumne County code enforcement representatives planned to begin disconnecting the units' sewer service this morning.

Doug Oliver, the county's chief building officer, said Friday that the sewer disconnections will take place between today and Thursday. The 15 affected units are centered around Seventh Street, Ninth Avenue and Maple Alley.

Because of health and safety regulations, residences without sewer service are immediately deemed uninhabitable and anyone in the affected unit will be forced to leave by the end of the day once the service is disconnected.

Hatler, who could not be reached for this story, had until May 28 to pay the outstanding bills, which date back years. The deadline was set in February, after as many as 40 residents in the units at the time were notified of the outstanding bills and impending shut-off.

For the complete story, see the June 2, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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