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COLUMBIA CITY â€” In recent weeks, Whitley County officials have made several requests to commissioners in regards to neglected properties.
Scott Wagner, environmental health specialist for the county, updated the Whitley County Commissioners on the status of the property located on CR 400 South in Columbia City, owned by Thomas Ebetino.
Earlier this month, Bob Sutton, a homeowner on CR 400 South, came before the commissioners to complain about the excessive junk piling up at Ebetinoâ€™s property and the overgrown, neglected yard.
â€śThere are stacks of siding, 15 different vehicles, a semi trailer and different machines piled all over the yard. The house should be condemned,â€ť Sutton told county leaders at a previous meeting.
â€śThe first complaint was filed in 2006. It was fine for a while, but then itâ€™s back to the same thing again. Itâ€™s an ongoing problem, but now itâ€™s worse.â€ť
Since that meeting, Wagner has been in contact with the owner, and Ebetino was present at Mondayâ€™s meeting to answer for the condition of his property.
â€śI put up a pole barn, and then a tornado came through in June of 2010 and took it out,â€ť Ebetino said.
â€śI was in an accident, my father died in April and thereâ€™s been vandalism to the backhoe parked there. I was using that to clean up the property, but now I canâ€™t.â€ť
Commissioner Tom Rethlake offered his sympathy for Ebetinoâ€™s personal issues, however he still wanted the owner to take responsibility for the propertyâ€™s condition.
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