Beaumont seeks to clean up house filled with junk, rodents

By Angelino Menconi | Dec 7, 2015

Beaumont seeks a court order against a local resident in an effort to clean up a house it says is filled with junk and infested by rodents and insects.

The city of Beaumont filed a lawsuit Sept. 30 in Jefferson County District Court against Joe Marcus Meijia, seeking fines and injunctive relief.

According to the complaint, Meijia' property, at 590 W. Irby St., Beaumont, is in deplorable condition with standing water, an accumulation of junk, and litter and infestation by rodents and mosquitoes. Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges Meijia was residing in the property without a working toilet in violation of state and local law.

The lawsuit says the defendant was served with numerous notifications and citations as early as April 2014, demanding he clean up the deplorable conditions at the property. Despite the city's demands, no attempts at cleanup were made by the defendant, the suit says.

Beaumont seeks court permission to remove the junk and restore the property to a suitable condition, a court order allowing the city to enter the property every three months to check on the condition of the property, a lien against the property for costs of cleanup and a daily fine of $1,000 for each day the condition of the house remains in such condition. Beaumont is represented by first assistant city attorney Quentin D. Price.

Jefferson County District Court case number 197653.

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