City Council weighs vacant and foreclosed property registration program

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - City council members discussed a new ordinance Tuesday that would require vacant property owners to enter a registry.

The properties would have to meet certain criteria, including going sixty days without utilities or having boarded-up windows.

Council members gave White Lakes Mall as an example.

Owners would pay a registration fee every six months, creating a financial incentive to take action on vacant buildings.

The vote was deferred until the council's Nov. 19th meeting.