The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 24, 2014

Rising up to have house torn down

Residents, officials seek means to act

SHENANGO TOWNSHIP — The paint cans sat stacked, rusting. The loaded dishwasher rack sat on the floor. The house, visible behind weeds and grass that’ve had years to grow unhindered, sits frozen in time.

A handful of residents came to the Shenango Township supervisors meeting Thursday for an update on the house.

The property, 36 E. Paul St., is an eyesore, Chairman Tom Hubert agreed.

The supervisors have been trying to get the house torn down for a while because of potential health concerns.

Black mold growing on the ceilings can be seen through the windows, and raccoon waste litters the porch.

The township filed papers with a bank they thought owned the property, but the process was delayed when supervisors were notified that the property is owned by the home’s previous residents, Diane and Peter Fuchs Jr.

“We’ll have to refile,” Hubert said.

Notices of shut-off utilities are stuffed in the door handle of the house. Taped to a window is a notice that advises no one use the plumbing in the house.

Solicitor Raymond Bogaty said that things should move along in a timely matter.

“It becomes a nuisance,” he said.

Secretary Lynnett Beck said the house has already been deemed condemned. The next step is issuing the owners a chance to bring the house up to code.

If not, it’s likely the township would tear it down before the property would be put up for sale in a sheriff’s auction, Hubert said.

“Whoever would be buying it would be buying it for the property,” he said.

The township would hope to recoup its costs in that sale.

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