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For the Lake Township trustees, an opinion by the Wood County prosecutor’s office on a proposed policy for dealing with blighted properties can’t come soon enough.

The township is considering a policy to deal with complaints about nuisance properties that is similar to one in place in Allen Township. If a property is determined to be unsafe and structurally defective, a letter informs the owner of the township’s intent to raze the building. The owner is entitled to a hearing but must file a request for a hearing within 30 days of the day the notice was mailed.

Mark Hummer, township police chief and administrator, forwarded a copy of the policy to the prosecutor’s office for review before trustees decide to enact it.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the trustees, a resident informed the trustees of problems with property near Woodcreek Boulevard. The resident said she has seen teen-aged youths entering the abandoned house on the property, which has become overgrown with weeds.

She said a coyote she saw recently approaching her dog may have come from the property.

Chief Hummer said there was little the township could do about the coyotes but advised the resident to notify police if she saw people entering the house.

Two properties located at 30854 and 30848 Drouillard Road in the township have even drawn the interest of Village of Walbridge officials.

Mayor Ed Kolanko asked the township to consider having them declared nuisances after a few village residents approached him about their deteriorating condition.

Chief Hummer informed the trustees Tuesday he’s met with a relative of the properties’ owner who’s interested in rehabilitating the properties.

During his campaign for a seat on the board of trustees, Ken Gilsdorf said several residents mentioned blighted properties as their main concern.


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