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The Lake Township trustees are taking the initial step needed to have severely blighted structures removed from locations on Drouillard Road and East Broadway.

The trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution requesting the Wood County building inspector and health department to inspect one structure at 29577 East Broadway and two adjacent structures at 30854 and 30848 Drouillard.

The resolution asks the county departments to document “the conditions substantiating that the building or structure is in insecure, unsafe, or structurally defective and/or in a condition dangerous to life or health, or unfit for human habitation.”

Richard Welling, a trustee, said the resolution is the first step in a process needed to eventually have the structures razed.

The trustees in February received an opinion from the Wood County prosecutor’s office that the Ohio Revised Code allows townships to use county building inspection departments to declare a building “insecure, unsafe, or structurally defective” and then order it be secured, repaired or removed after providing notice and allowing the owner to have a hearing.

A township fire chief may not declare a structure as unsound but a county health district can declare a building “dangerous to life or health” or “unfit for human habitation,” according to the prosecutor’s opinion, which also says the township must pay the cost of securing or removing the building from its general fund or a loan but can try to recoup costs through assessment on the owner’s property taxes, civil action or through insurance proceeds when applicable.

Ken Gilsdorf, a trustee, said the structure on East Broadway has collapsed after a fire and the basement is flooded.

Last November, a resident complained to the trustees about the properties on Drouillard Road which she said had become overgrown with weeds. She also said she saw teen-aged youths entering one of the abandoned houses.

Gilsdorf said one option for demolitions – burning abandoned structures down as training exercises for fire departments – is no longer available to the township due to regulations covering asbestos and asphalt.

In other business, the trustees agreed to purchase a LifePak 15 monitor/defibrillator for use on the Medic 50 ambulance for $32,065.




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