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Nailed-shut doors at Manor Drive present next hurdle PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JOHN MORTON   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:35


The saga involving a house that appears abandoned has taken on another odd twist, as Don Dohrwardt, president of the Village of Fredonia, on July 20 reported the residence’s doors are now nailed shut.
And now Dohrwardt will be seeking a warrant for entry, he told Village Board members.
The act of defiance from the children of the deceased owner makes it difficult for the village to conduct an interior inspection of the house at 235 Manor Dr., which the village hopes will give it “another tool to arm ourselves,” Dohrwardt said.
A June 19 exterior inspection by the village’s building inspector and at the request of the village attorney concluded the house, which has a hole in the roof covered by a tarp, is not fixable.
If a move to condemn the house is what the village deems as necessary, it first wants a look inside to verify the condition.
“I’m not sure the siblings are allowed to do that (nail the doors),” said Dohrwardt of the owner’s children, none of whom have stepped forward to represent the dilapidated property since the owner’s 2012 death. “No individual owns it. Maybe they do collectively.”
However, the siblings have yet to agree on the fate of property. The land has an assessed value of $40,000, the village has reported.
Meanwhile, the grass has grown long at the property and Roger Strohm, director of the Public Works Department, said he was planning to have it cut by the village at the owner’s expense.
It will result in another unpaid bill owed to the village. As a creditor, the village can request the matter go to probate court where a personal representative of the property would be assigned. That route would take at least a year, the village attorney has said.
The village attorney has committed to sending the siblings a letter, warning them of the possible probate action, but Dohrwardt said he wasn’t sure if the letter had been sent.
“This is not going as fast as I wanted,” he said.
In regard to a potential interior inspection, Dohrwardt said he’d want a deputy present for protection.
“I don’t want to see anyone chased down the street with some kind of implement,” he said.
With a warrant in hand, Mike Davel, the village marshal, said he’d be confident of entry despite the nailed doors.
“We’ll get in,” he said.
The property’s condition, which sits in the middle of a subdivision, has drawn the ire of neighbors and is considered by the village as unsafe.

 
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