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City of Jacksboro sues County Mayor Baird over shabby property

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By Joseph P. King II

JACKSBORO—The town of Jacksboro has filed a lawsuit against Campbell County Mayor William Baird in reference to a codes violation on a three pieces of property he owns on the corner of Water Street and S. Kentukcy Ave.

The suit claims Baird’s property is severely overgrown and contains three structures that are in a state of disrepair.

The property was assessed by Jacksboro Fire Chief Jason Shetterly, who said the condition violates the town’s ordinances and constitutes a danger and nuisance, according to the suit.

Baird had apparently been given written notice to correct the problem in 2011 and has also been contacted by Jacksboro Mayor Jack Cannon, the suit shows.

The suit asks that corrections on the property start immediately with a court-designated reasonable time. It also states if the defendants fail to correct the problem that the plaintiff be allowed to come onto the property and correct the problems at the cost of the defendants.

“I’m in the process of getting it taken care of,” Baird said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Baird added he doesn’t technically own the properties, so he doesn’t believe the suit will stick. The owner of the property is Vida Baird, according to the Campbell County Property Assessor’s office.

Baird said Vida was his aunt and he inherited the property several years ago but hasn’t officially taken ownership.

NOTE: This article has been updated since it’s original publication.