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DEEMED UNSAFE: Vacant home upsets Laud residents

August 8, 2013

A vacant home located in Laud is now deemed an unsafe building by Whitley County Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — Swarming bees, broken windows and a vermin infestation are reasons for a vacant home becoming the concern of Whitley County’s Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner.

At the County Commissioners meeting Monday, Wagner requested county leaders to approve his moving forward in declaring the building unsafe.

The property is located at 8075 S. 200 E. and sits on the corner of Smith Street and 200 E. According to Wagner, the property is owned by William L. Hinen.

“We got a complaint in June about open windows and doors,” Wagner said. “Because the property was not sealed, vermin have been able to move in.”

Requests were made to have the home repairs made, but when a roof collapse occurred, Wagner acted.

“This is an official order. I don’t like to have to go to this extent, but I don’t see any other option,” Wagner said.

Hinen has received certified letters and communication from Wagner’s office detailing the options on how to best take care of the situation.

There is a 60-day period in which the owner can make the necessary repairs or have the structure demolished. Should the homeowner refuse to act, the county can take steps to remove the home.

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