By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
For the second month in a row, the Cumberland County Health and Safety Standards Board unanimously agreed to uphold its action in August against a property owner of the residence at 547 Prentice St. and take action toward a cleanup of the property.
HSSB Chairperson Nancy Hyder said, "I went by there the other day and it's still standing. It's more dangerous now than ever. We've voted twice to have it torn down and cleaned up and nothing's happened. I notice now they have a cable going across the driveway."
Hyder, who also serves as 2nd District Cumberland County commissioner, said she wasn't sure what happened and why nothing was cleaned up.
The committee waited for a report from County attorney Randal Boston.
Last month the HSSB board agreed they would have Nathan Brock, county finance director, contact a clean up crew and have them prepared to clean the property on Oct. 25 if it is not done by Oct. 24. There will be a tax lien placed on the property for the amount of the cleanup.
The committee decided to request Brock to attend the meeting.
Brock explained the county can't have contractors lined up for a job that may or may not happen.
"The problem is that it's not fair to the contractor if the homeowner does take action and the county has to put forth the effort to have the lowest cost to perform the work," Brock said.
Brock suggested the committee put out a a request to get some price quotes on cleaning up the site and then go with the lowest figure.
"Would you feel more comfortable if the committee made a motion to have you take the action?" Hyder asked.
"Yes, I would rather have it come from the committee in the form of a motion," Brock said.
Nick Hedgecoth then made a motion to request some price quotes to have the remaining portion of the home at 547 Prentice St. torn down and the debris cleaned up and allow the county attorney and Brock's office take action and hire the firm with the lowest price.
Darrel Comer, committee member, supported the motion and it was unanimously approved.
In other areas, the committee requested attorney Boston to check into the status of a burned out home that is currently owned by Bank of America on Guiness St. in the Breckenridge subdivision.
A complaint was originally filed in 2009 and no further action was taken. The complaint is being re-filed and the committee requested Boston check on the status of the home whether it is considered a trailer or a permanent home.