SALINEVILLE - During the safety committee portion of Monday night's village council meeting councilman Tom Hays brought to council's attention an abandoned home suspected of having become a drug house which is now a nuisance and a safety concern to neighboring property owners.
According to Hays, neighboring property owners have attempted to board up windows and doors to secure the abandoned property located at 7 Academy St., but somebody has kicked in the door and illegal activities have resumed there. "Something needs to be done with that building," said Hays "It needs torn down."
One resident who did not identify himself, but who stated he lives nearby, said break-ins to the abandoned house are an almost nightly occurrence.
"Every night we'll close the door and it seems like every night somebody has got the door open or they open a different window," said the resident.
The unnamed resident said he has made attempts to prevent vegetation from growing up around the property to make it harder for trespassers to enter the property unseen but the problem persists. "We try to clean up around there and keep it mowed," said the resident.
Council and the mayor were unsure as to whether the property had been foreclosed upon or condemned. One resident confirmed she had seen a foreclosure notice on the home at one time, but it had since been removed.
The property is just one of several vacant houses in that particular neighborhood which have become hubs of drug related activity, according to Hays.
"Back in that neighborhood there's five vacant houses, and they're all either drug houses or they're getting broken into," said Hays.
According to the unnamed neighboring resident, the vacant homes are also safety hazards as they are filled with candles used by whoever continues to enter the property. Part of one home appears to have been converted into a sort of bicycle chop shop according to the resident. "They are doing some sort of illegal activity there," he said.
One resident has offered to donate sheets of plywood to board up entrances to at least one of the homes. The council is expected to announce a date and time to hold a building and health committee meeting to address the issue.