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Township raising stink over mold-infested abandoned homes

June 09, 2010
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NORTHFIELD CENTER, OH — At first glance, nothing seems amiss with the house on Deep Creek Circle: The 4-year-old home looks like just about every other building in this young, cookie-cutter development, according to the Beacon Journal.
A peek through the windows reveals the house has been abandoned, and the source of the stench becomes clear at the sight of a living room speckled — floor to ceiling — with black mold, the article stated.
"The pipes froze and burst two winters ago, after foreclosure and the home hasn''t been touched since," said township Trustee Paul Buescher.
It''s among five houses township officials are raising a stink over because they are helpless to do anything about them, the article noted.
''''It''s a problem in almost every community because of these foreclosures,'''' township Zoning Inspector Don Saunders said.
According to the article, in the two to three years that Northfield Center has been struggling with this economy-fueled nuisance, the township has sought help from various county agencies, hoping someone would find a loophole to end the eye- and nose-sores.
After touring the five properties, Summit County Councilman Nick Kostandaras said he will introduce legislation this month requiring utility companies to notify community officials when service is being cut to a vacated structure, the article added.
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