CALCUTTA - After spending the better part of yet another meeting weighing their options in regards to several nuisance properties within the township Tuesday, trustees are poised to take action to abate the nuisance at one such property.
The property at 16104 state Route 267 has cropped up, along with a handful of other nuisance properties, at trustees' bi-weekly meeting for several months.
In the case of this property, like many on the township's list of nuisance properties, trustees have been following a lengthy list of legally required procedures to have the property cleaned up.
Trustees even sought legal advice from assistant county prosecutor Andy Beech who advised trustees that either the township or an independent contractor may begin cleaning up the property.
Beech also advised that if the trustees decide to hire an independent contractor and the project is anticipated to cost more than $50,000, trustees must bid out the job. "The ball is in our court depending on what we want to do," said Trustee Chairman James Hall.
The property at 16104 state Route 267 earned the nuisance property designation due to varying amounts of garbage and debris accumulated near the property's garage.
Based on a series of photographs of the property taken by Road Supervisor Scott Barrett, the junk seems to be hauled in and dumped at the location.
Although the house is being rented out, it is not clear who is dumping the material on the property.
Trustees noted the house itself is not a nuisance and in 'liveable' condition.
Trustees have been trying to locate the owner of the property for close to a year now, sending certified letters and issuing notices through the local newspaper to no avail. "We've exhausted all of the case development procedures," said township Fiscal Officer Deborah Dawson
"Legally, at this point, being that we've done all of that, Andy (Beech) is saying that we can go in there and clean up," said Trustee James Sabatini II.
According to trustees, the cost of the clean up of the property will be assessed to the taxes of the property owner. Trustees noted they may go to the property one more time in hopes of contacting the property's owner.