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City reviews unsafe properties

By JENNIFER PERYAM - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Three properties deemed unsafe by the city were reviewed by the Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday.

The properties are located at 1401 E. Market St., 326 S. Lafontaine St. and 323 Whitestine St.

Shad Paul, building inspector, said the mobile home and detached shed on Market Street had six unsafe violations issued in November.

On Nov. 6 the board granted an extension until Jan. 2 and then until March 5 for work to be completed on the home.

Alan Houston, homeowner, attended Monday’s meeting. He said that in the last three weeks he removed the shed, got rid of glass and burned brush.

He requested two more months to tear down the mobile home.

“The home is used for storage and no one can get into the property,” Houston said.

The board granted him until the April 2 meeting to seek demolition proposals and bring them back to that meeting.

Mayor Brooks Fetters said the issue went back to September of last year.

“This has gone on a long way and the neighborhood deserves better than looking at this all the time,” Fetters said.

The board reviewed the Lafontaine Street property which includes a house with a detached garage owned by William Houzer.

The board granted an extension until the June 4 board of works meeting for the property to be cleaned up.

Kurt Laker, City Mortgage attorney, who represents the mortgage lender on the property, gave an update on the property.

“The garage door has been boarded up and there will be a sheriff’s sale on the property,” Laker said.

The sheriff’s sale will be April 24.

The Whitestine Street property owned by Hollie Deboy was reviewed. 

The board granted an extension until June 4 to allow the front porch to be raised.

“The home is almost completely painted, and I’m waiting to get someone to help raise the front porch,” Deboy said.

In other business, the board approved a request by Steve Yoder, park superintendent, to purchase two trucks that will be used for maintenance and can support snow plow attachments. They will be purchased from City Ford, Columbia City, for $56,500 for the pair.

The board also approved a request from Bob Caley, city services director, to purchase a 2013 excavator for $208,675 and a 2014 haul truck for $245,000. The equipment will be used at the landfill to haul stone and scrape up dirt at the landfill.