CASPER, Wyo. — A resident of the Homa Hills subdivision north of Casper agreed Friday to remedy multiple Natrona County health and safety code violations in order to avoid a trial and possible large fine, according to District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl.
Greg Layton and Natrona County Attorney Bill Knight reached the agreement during a recess called shortly after a scheduled bench trial began.
The trial would have marked the culmination of years of piles of stuff, inspections and citations for that stuff at 9945 N. Osage, with witnesses and exhibits scheduled to be presented by Knight.
Layton sat quietly while Knight outlined the terms of the deal, then told Skavdahl he would comply.
On Monday, Layton will meet the county's Development Department and sign an agreement to make substantial progress in cleaning his property by June 30.
If he accomplishes that, the county at its discretion may agree to extend the deadline for the cleanup, Knight said.
If Layton has not accomplished that, the county will have the right to enter his property and clean it for him, he said.
To pay for that, Layton must sign a lien agreement of $25,000 to be held by the county if it is forced to do the cleaning, Knight said.
A year ago, building, fire, health and animal control officers found more than 25 unlicensed or inoperable vehicles on Layton's property. Other violations included eight camper trailers; two mobile home frames; piles of tires, wood and bricks that could be havens for rodents; 15 barrels of household trash, and a pile of empty five-gallon water bottles; nine refrigerators without their doors removed; washers, dryers and stoves in unusable condition; three boats on trailers; four mobile homes in dilapidated condition; seven shacks in dilapidated condition; buildings without proper permits and multiple dwellings connected to a septic tank permitted for one dwelling.
Besides the cleanup agreement, Layton agreed not to sue the county or any of its employees in federal court to circumvent the state district court.
He did that in early 2005, saying the county violated his civil rights when it cited him for a zoning violation in 2004.
But Chief U.S. District Judge William Downes dismissed the claim because Layton couldn't show any violations of rights regarding racial equality. Downes said the claim was an attempt by Layton to forestall a state criminal action against him.
Layton, who represented himself Friday, was accompanied in the courtroom by several supporters of Ed Corrigan, who was recently found in contempt of court for failing to clean up his property east of Casper.
Layton did not raise the alleged constitutional and other legal issues used — unsuccessfully — by Corrigan.
After the hearing, Knight said Corrigan still has not cleaned his property at 3485 Sunburst Drive, despite a Nov. 1 deadline to do so.
The county has received bids from four contractors to do the cleaning, and Knight will discuss the bids at the county commission's work session on Tuesday.
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