MOUNT VERNON — The declaration of 328 Columbus Road as a public health nuisance topped the agenda when the Knox County Board of Health met Wednesday evening at the Knox County Health Department.
“An abundance of solid waste in amongst the weeds,” plus animals/vermin living in and around the property were reasons Environmental Health Director Nate Overholt gave for passing a resolution to declare the property a public nuisance, which has been uninhabited for many years.
Property owner Roger Woodring reportedly desired to have the house demolished through the Moving Ohio Forward grant program. “This fell through or he never followed through,” said Overholt, who since sent many letters to Woodring asking for cleanup to be done with no response. “The residence is uninhabitable and is falling apart.”
With the resolution passed Wednesday, Woodring now has 30 days to clean up the property before the matter is passed on to the Knox County prosecutor.
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