Residents concerned over dilapidated house in Belmont County

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UPDATE, 7/9/28, 12:25 p.m.:

According to Belmont County Treasurer Kathy Kelich, the county has started the process of foreclosure. Title work to begin the process was sent out last week.

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Residents in Belmont County are voicing concerns over a dilapidated house they tell 7News has been vacant since May of 2017.

They also feel that the smell alone is horrendous and embarrassing.

Neighbors said that this house has been like this for two years.

Now garbage surrounds the property and wild animals have moved in and those who live near the property want something done. 

“We are concerned with the trash, obviously,” said concerned resident Patrick Tipton. “It is attracting the rats, and the snakes and different wild life Some of my animals have been bit.”

Neighbors said a man previously lived in the home, but in his last year residing there trash had piled up and he even parked a broken down vehicle full of more debris right next to the road. 

“It’s definitely a concern for the neighborhood I mean besides the eye sore the property value of my home is probably next to nothing if I tried to sell it nobody is going to want to live next to a dump. It wasn’t like this when I moved in,” said Tipton.

Tipton and others have contacted local officials, but so far they’ve had no luck.

The Belmont County Health Department told 7news they’ve been working on the issue since March of 2017.

They also said the owners have cleaned up some, but stopped and the Health Department has no way to do a clean up, so it sent the residents concerns to the prosecutor’s office. 

“I would like to see them process the back taxes and possibly put it up for sale,” Tipton said. “If I was able to I would purchase it my self and clean it up just so I don’t have to look at it.”

Those who live in the area are also concerned that their children could get hurt or bit by an animal and hope that something is done soon.

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