The tiny North Dakota town of Leith, made famous by some citizens’ plan to turn it into a white supremacist enclave, is facing water and sewer violations from the state and may be forced to suspend civic operations. According to the Bismarck Tribune, the state may declare the home of Leith’s white supremacist leader Paul Craig Cobb’s uninhabitable, forcing him to leave the town and seek shelter elsewhere.
Leith lies in North Dakota’s Custer District, and the Custer District Health Unit’s environmental health practitioner Aaron Johnson told the Tribune that an order expired on Monday which requested that Cobb provide his residence with running water and adequate sanitary facilities.
“I don’t know how the situation will progress, but the notice has expired and there is no extension,” Johnson said to the Tribune.
Much of what is left of Leith, ND is abandoned. Cobb’s property has no running water and it is believed that he is using an old outhouse on the lot. Adjacent buildings are run-down heaps, including an abandoned creamery. The state was in the process of condemning those buildings when Cobb announced his intentions to turn Leith into an all-white, neo-Nazi enclave earlier this summer.
The town was a scene of protests last weekend. White supremacists gathered to support Cobb’s plan, which began two years ago when he started buying abandoned tracts of land in hopes of taking over and running Leith’s city government. A group of counter protesters who oppose Cobb also demonstrated at the site over the weekend.
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