Council Discusses Nuisance Properties

The Minden City Council met on Monday, May 20, in the council chambers at 6:00 p.m.
In the first order of business, the city council held a discussion of nuisance property complaints against Michael and Teresa Sumstine. Councilmember Teresa Sumstine informed the council that she would not be participating in the discussion due to a conflict of interest.
Councilmember Ted Griess spoke about accountability as members of the city council and holding themselves to the same standard, or higher, than expected of other citizens.
“When I see that the properties in question belong to you as Councilmember Sumstine, it doesn’t portray a positive image,” Griess said.
Matt Cederburg, the City Administrator, echoed similar sentiments.
“It makes it very difficult for the city to try to implement some form of a solid nuisance program,” Cederburg said.
During the discussion, Michael Sumstine disputed the notion that he has made little effort to resolve the complaints against his properties.

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