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Tent City property owner ordered to pay for cost of lawsuit after not showing up for hearing

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AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

The owner of the property that was once home to the Tent City homeless camp did not show up for a hearing, according to the court documents.

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Because Melvin McEwen did not show up, Judge Richard Dambold ordered that he never allow that situation again and to pay the City of Amarillo's cost to file a lawsuit against him.

McEwen owns the land on Washington Street just north of northwest Third Avenue where court records show city employees found what they called "violations of regulations," covering everything from public health and sanitation to fire and building safety.

One of the listed violations was letting people camp for more than three days. Other violations listed by the city included sewage on the ground, fires in the tents, piles of junk and having no water. 

On March 1, the campers moved just north of McEwen's land

You can view the official court documents below: 

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