In Belmont County, Pultney Township trustees have received several complaints about run-down properties that could cause health hazards.
For years, they’ve fielded complaints about run-down properties posing a health hazard.
So they’ve passed a property maintenance code, and anyone who violates it is going to pay the price, literally.
They can impose a fine of $100 to $250 every day when property owners don’t respond.
They say most of them live out of state.
In some cases, they’ve stopped paying taxes, and the bank now owns it.
Some of these buildings were movie theaters and bowling alleys in their time.
But now they’re unrecognizable.
“There’s properties that have weeds as high as the first floor. Vines growing all over them, poison ivy, poison oak. Rodents in these vacant buildings. And unfortunately sometimes you get unwanted visitors from the drug industry that are using these houses,” Pultney Township Trustee Scott Porter said.
The new rules take effect in 180 days, so they won’t start citing people until April 15th.
From that point on, all property has to be safe and sanitary, or the owner will be hit in the wallet.
Pultney Township includes West Wheeling, Bellaire, Neffs, and Route 214.