PARKERSBURG — The Wooden County Fee has been capable of have six dilapidated homes torn down and properties cleaned up this 12 months with extra on the way in which.
On Thursday, the fee mentioned the property at 10040 Staunton Turnpike, Walker, with Wooden County Compliance Officer Sarah Robinson.
Footage confirmed trash and particles scattered in regards to the property, some automobiles (together with a mower) that aren’t operational, a steel barrel that was punctured and extra.
The fee is planning to deliver the property proprietor in for a listening to to see what may be accomplished to wash up the property.
The fee recurrently has hearings with property homeowners whose properties get to some extent they turn into a priority to neighbors and others. Some properties have dilapidated and unsafe buildings, trash and particles and different considerations. They’ve had a property with an unregulated septic system with uncooked sewage floating on high of their grass which turns into a well being hazard.
“We proceed to deliver individuals in who’ve dilapidated or unsafe buildings and that’s the purpose of the fee,” Fee President Blair Sofa mentioned. “We don’t need children moving into an unsafe construction, we don’t need it to turn into an eyesore for his or her neighbors.”
The county works with property homeowners to get the property cleaned. In some instances, the property homeowners don’t have the assets to get the properties cleaned, in order that they deed them over to the county and the county cleans them. That has included eradicating trash and particles and tearing down buildings not match for human habitation. Liens may also be put towards the property to assist cowl the bills.
“We solely knock them down when they’re unsafe and unsecure,” Sofa mentioned. “We don’t do that for somebody who simply wants to color their home or one thing foolish like that.
“It’s not a beatification challenge, it’s a security challenge. We hope individuals perceive that.”
Commissioner Jimmy Colombo mentioned there may be due course of that’s gone via with every property proprietor.
At present, the fee is taking a look at round 25-30 properties in want of some work. They undergo a course of to fulfill with the property homeowners and see what may be labored out and make progress.
“We perceive on this financial system and life usually provides individuals troublesome conditions,” Sofa mentioned. “We’re hopeful they perceive the necessity.
“Neighbors don’t deserve this. If they’ve small children that wandered over (to unsafe properties), we may have a tragedy.”
Commissioners additionally don’t need conditions of getting deserted homes which are occupied by squatters. Previously, quite a lot of deserted homes have caught on hearth from squatters breaking into deserted homes and beginning fires to attempt to hold heat.
Sofa mentioned the Metropolis of Parkersburg is working to deal with such properties and they’re doing it within the county.
“All the things is predicated on complaints,” he mentioned.
The county doesn’t have individuals driving round in search of points. Folks make complaints and they’re investigated to see if motion is required.
“It’s all a matter of taking pleasure of their property,” Commissioner Robert Tebay mentioned.
The fee may have a pair extra properties cleaned up by the top of September.
In different enterprise, the fee will maintain its common assembly on Monday, Aug. 15, on the Phelps-Tavenner Home at 2410 Camden Ave. to commemorate the primary assembly of the Wooden County Fee which was held on Aug. 15, 1799, on the house.
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