The Roseburg City Council Monday approved an ordinance change that will allow the city to declare buildings without water or sewer service dangerous, giving the city the power to step in and foreclose if the homeowners don't fix the problem.
Also Monday, the council changed its rules so that the city can take possession of a derelict property sooner. Under the previous city ordinance, the city had to wait one year to take possession, giving the property owner a year to redeem the property by fixing the problem that led to the foreclosure. Under the revised ordinance, the original owner still has a year to reclaim the property, but the city can take possession in the meantime. That allows the city to begin fixing up the property on its own.