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Springfield trustees approve demolition of one home

12/12/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

The Springfield Board of Trustees met Dec. 5 to continue a hearing for nuisance properties located at 3072 Ellet Ave. and 1008 Krumroy Road.

On Nov. 14, trustees had asked the Ellet Avenue homeowner to present at this meeting a structural inspection report performed by a registered engineer; assessments and estimates from registered and licensed electrical, plumbing and mechanical contractors; and an inspection report on the well and septic system by Summit County Public Health, as well as a time frame for the required work to be completed.

The property had been vacant for seven years, and the exterior and interior are in need of repair, according to Trustee Dean Young in a draft of the meeting minutes.

Owner Thomas Kraft gave trustees at the Dec. 5 meeting a quote obtained on the required electrical work and a permit from the Summit County Building Department, according to the meeting minutes. He also said he had replaced windows and covered them with boards to protect them.

After some discussion about the condition of the property, Young made a motion to declare it a nuisance and initiate abatement because there was no specific plan to address all the problems. The motion was approved by Trustees Deborah Davis and Joe DiLauro.

The Krumroy Road property owner, builder Michael Bellak, told trustees at the meeting he had rewired the home for electricity, removed the old drywall and put a new roof on top of the old one. He also planned to finish the required work within one year and possibly buy adjacent property and build on them.

There is a furnace and hot water heater in the home, but there are no interior walls, according to Zoning Administrator Pat Ryan.

According to the minutes, Bellak told trustees they were “bullying” people on nuisance abatement and demolition issues. He also objected to having a notice about the condition of the property placed in a newspaper.

Young stated the property did not meet the requirement for demolition and expected it to be rehabilitated within one year, according to the meeting minutes. There was no motion made regarding its demolition.

Trustees adjourned into an executive session to discuss a police personnel matter. Afterward, they approved a separation agreement regarding police officer Jennifer Imhoff, who was deemed by a doctor to be incapable of performing her duties, and was unable to return to work after exhausting all Family Medical Leave and unpaid disability leave.

Trustees met yesterday, Dec. 12, for a regular meeting.

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