A self-described white supremacist’s plans to turn the tiny North Dakota town of Leith into a white enclave could be sidelined over health code violations, the Bismarck Tribune reported Tuesday.
An order giving Craig Cobb five days to make plans for running water and a sewer outlet in his Leith home expired Monday, according to the newspaper.
Custer District Health Unit’s environmental health practitioner, Aaron Johnson, told the Tribune that since Cobb hasn’t shown he has plans for potable water in his home, the structure may either be declared uninhabitable or the matter may be taken to court. Johnson said he suspects Cobb may be using an old outhouse on the property.
Cobb has so far purchased about a dozen lots in Leith in hopes of persuading fellow white supremacists to move there, according to the Associated Press.
Johnson added that two of the properties Cobb purchased, an abandoned creamery and a home the activist planned to sell to a Wisconsin man, are in the process of being condemned. The city plans on removing those structures along with nine other abandoned properties in mid-October, he said.
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