Dick Flanagan says he’s thinking outside the box to get Bellaire’s dilapidated structures torn down.
Flanagan has been the village’s code enforcer for about four months. He says he has already gotten two houses torn down, and is working on many others.
He is tracking down and talking to owners, including those who live out of state.
Flanagan says these structures are causing a number of problems.
“It’s bad for everybody. It’s a safety and health issue, number one. You got a vacant house. Homeless people can get in there. We’ve got an arsonist running around. He can start a fire in there. And it just looks bad for the general neighborhood. You take care of your place, and then you have this dump next to yours which depreciates the value of your property,” said Flanagan.
Flanagan says he’s doing title searches and tracking down the owners of the houses.
He says he will pursue not only the property owners, but the bank that holds the lien if necessary.
Flanagan says in one case, there has been some good news. The owner of one of the homes is going to tear the house down, and will build a new home on the site.