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Written by JOHN MORTON   
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:26

Owners of property have 30 days to fight Village Board’s decision

A raze order for the abandoned house at 235 Manor Dr. has been prepared and with the signature of the Village of Fredonia’s building inspector, the dilapidated and dangerous property can likely be torn down in about a month.
That’s the message Jonathan Woodward, the assistant village attorney, gave the Village Board at its Aug. 17 meeting, and trustees voted unanimously to follow through with the plan.
John Derler, the inspector, signed it Aug. 18.
A sign will be posted on the property indicating it has been condemned, but the property’s current assumed owners  — they are children of an owner who died in 2012 but they have not stepped forward with any representation —  will have 30 days to petition Ozaukee County Circuit Court to attempt to stop the action, per state law, Woodward said.
In July, both exterior and interior inspections of the property by inspectors resulted in findings that the building was beyond repair.
The village also deemed it a hazard, noting the floors were nearing collapse due to water damage. Part of the roof is open, covered only by a tarp.
Meanwhile, the children of the deceased owner have been uncooperative and even defiant, going as far as to nail the doors shut in an effort to prevent inspections.
Now, the tear-down duties will go out for bid, Village President Don Dohrwardt said. Those giving bids will have the right to walk through the property, he added.
One area of concern is the black mold inspectors found in the house, Dohrwardt said, and whether special accommodations will be needed to properly dispose of materials is unknown.
The village may do some of the preliminary work on its own, such as cutting down overgrowth, Dohrwardt said.
The cost of the work will be covered by the village before being passed along to the property’s tax bill — a bill already in arrears. If debt on the property, which the village determined is worth $40,000 in land only, is still on the books in 2020, the property will be subject to foreclosure by the county, officials said.
Dohrwardt said he was ready to take on the initial cost burden of remedying a problem that has lasted months and has discouraged neighbors in what is a small-lot subdivision.
“We might have to drop $20,000 to get the house out of here, but we owe it to our residents,” Dohrwardt said. “They have put up with it long enough and we have the money to cover it for the time being.”

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