MOUNT VERNON — One of the city’s property maintenance headaches is about to go away.
The house at 806 S. Main St., was damaged by fire in July of 2015. In February of 2017, Property Enforcement Maintenance Office Greg Bemiller recommended it be condemned and demolished. In March of 2017, in the first case considered by the Property Maintenance Advisory Board, the board upheld Bemiller’s ruling and ordered it condemned and demolished.
The owner, Mark Fell, at last report living in Delaware County, had said he planned to rebuild the home, but he was involved in a dispute with his insurance company over the property and nothing was ever done. The city did not want to take on the cost of demolition, although it could be assessed against the property’s taxes, because there was no assurance it would recover much of the cost, which would be high because of asbestos disposal issues.