Jun 25, 2014

Who cleans up messy properties?

Tourists coming in town see the eyesore west of Herman's Furniture that used to have various restaurants there. Now it's empty and in need of a good cleanup. Who is responsible for mowing the property? Mark in Sandusky

The way Sandusky's government is set up, the fire and code enforcement departments are responsible for sprucing up abandoned properties, such as this one.

Sandusky fire administrative assistant Diane Mulvin provided the following response:

It is the owners responsibility, but if the city gets a complaint in our code enforcement office, they will go out and assess the situation and then send a letter to the property owner. They have 10 days to reply, and if they don't, further action will take place.

For a more in-depth look at nuisance properties, click here.

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Comments

doppleganger

Good luck getting anything done. I have had a call in since the week before Memorial Day weekend for a property near me and have yet to hear anything from anyone and the grass has not been cut. Maybe Ms. Ard was in charge and that is why nothing got done.

Rusty of Sandusky

A call isn't going to do it. You have to fill out a file a complaint form found here.

doppleganger

I did not know that. Thank you. I could not open your link, but I will investigate further. Thx.

Rusty of Sandusky

I tried to edit the post with the correct link earlier, but the web site flagged me as spamming and would not let me edit the original post OR post a new reply. I am trying again now to see if enough time has passed to lift my ban.

http://www.ci.sandusky.oh.us/com...

Julie R.

Sure didn't take the city of Huron long to cut the overgrown grass on my deceased mother & stepfather's property, which was 2 months AFTER I was notified by the Erie County Common Pleas Court that it had been sold (over my objections & without my consent with a 4th beneficiary to it defrauded) at that court-ordered scam sheriff sale. As I recall, the common pleas court even took Huron's charge of $150 right off the top of the sale, along with sheriff sale fees, clerk of court fees, attorney fees to the d-bag Cleveland attorney for the fraud preliminary judicial report he filed, not to mention what was left ($33K) of a flat-out fraud $50K Home Equity Loan that a Huron bank allowed the one d-bag from Huron to take out only weeks before her stepfather's death by "verifying" she was on the title when TOD Deeds (even fraud ones) don't go into effect until after a property owner's death.

So what's Sandusky's problem?

totallyamazed

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My thought? Sandusky is 71% rental and no one wants to rock the boat and force people to cut their grass. The neighbor of mine has weeds taller than the 6' privacy fence. It's in the backyard so who cares right....I do.
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Rusty of Sandusky

Fill out the form on the site linked below. I had a situation a few years ago where the house next to mine was in foreclosure and the owner just abandoned it. A neighbor across the street cut the front yard because it was an eyesore, but our backyards were adjacent and I was afraid of snakes, rodents, and vermin settling it. The vacant back yard was out of sight to anyone else, so of course nobody was going to voluntarily cut it, and I didn't feel like using my own mower -- not knowing if there was any debris in the yard that would damage it... I filled out the form and sent it in. A violation sign was up within a few days. About a week or two later, I came home and the grass was cut. I don't know if it was the owner or the city, nor did I care. The problem was solved.

The City WILL NOT post violation notices unless someone complains, but you have to use the proper channels to complain ---> the form linked on the site: http://www.ci.sandusky.oh.us/com...

Jaqdup

You just don't give up do you Julie R? If you feel that you were so wronged, get a lawyer; sue the county, sheriff's office, bank manager and everyone else that has done you wrong. You find a way to twist every article in this paper to how you got screwed over. GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

Julie R.

Gee, now that I think about it, I'll have to check my records, but I know for an absolute fact that scam sheriff sale took place in the month of May. I also know it was May when I was notified it had been sold. The notices came from the Erie County Common Pleas Court, the sheriff's department and even crook attorneys, yet the auditor's online records falsely state the property wasn't sold until November.

You're right. I should sue the pi** out of Erie County for what they did to property alone, which was the very least of all the rest of the illegal crap they pulled off.

Jaqdup

I am sorry, Julie R., I must have forgotten to hold up my sarcastic sign. I can't speak for others but, myself, am tired of your hissy fits on articles that have absolutely nothing to do with your drama. Truthfully, if you were scammed, I would have thought you'd be lawyering up from the get go!!!

Julie R.

What do you mean it doesn't have anything to do with the article? All I did was tell how Huron sure doesn't put up with messy properties like Sandusky does. (I just went a little bit further and told what the jokes at the courthouse pulled off 2 months after I was told the property was sold.

As for lawyering up --- I think I already told how the d-bag lawyer I had filed that scam partition action on my behalf without my knowledge or consent.

(Btw, I knew you were being sarcastic. So was I.)

totallyamazed

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The town is littered with overgrown lots (both occupied and not). The routes leading into town, especially ones leading to tourists areas should be kept cleaned as much as humanly possible. Problem with enforcement is that it only happens once the weed growth grows to such proportions that people can't stomach it any longer. And if you have any thoughts of cutting it yourself...be careful not to blow it into the street, you may be arrested.
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GoBigLex2001

They dont call it "Sandookie" for nothing. Crappy town!

God Of Thunder

Get over your vendetta against the 'corrupt' attorneys and judges.. No one cares about your situation.. Jaqdup is exactly right. I have also said in the past how you can twist any story on here and turn it into poor pitiful you.. Jesus...Enough

Julie R.

Once again, how did I twist the story? All I did was tell how Huron sure doesn't put up with messy properties like Sandusky does. When Huron receives complaints about overgrown grass, they don't sit around and wait. They cut the grass within days of receiving the complaints. Just because I gave an example as to how I know that doesn't mean I twisted the story. In fact, if you like I could even add on to the story. I could tell about the "words" that I heard were exchanged between Zimmerman (Huron's building inspector) and a Lorain County attorney from Stumphauzer & O'Toole. In fact, I even heard the attorney sent a letter of complaint to Huron's city manager about it.

(those Erie County courts sure did cause a lot of problems, didn't they?)