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Driscoll condemns unsafe trailer

Thursday, September 11, 2003

The interior of a trailer at 325 E. Short St. has been allowed to deteriorate. Planning and Zoning Administrator Michele Driscoll condemned the property on Aug. 22.

A house trailer at 325 E. Short St. has been condemned by Planning and Zoning Administrator Michele Driscoll. The property is owned by Bob Moore of Brazil.

Neighbors had complained about the vacant trailer. One man said he saw children playing in the structure and worried about their safety.

Driscoll, with Brazil City Building Inspector John Ray and Bill Hale of the Clay County Health Department, inspected the property Aug. 22.

They found that the trailer was structurally unsound, was a fire hazard, unsanitary and unfit for human habitation. It was found to be unsafe for neighbors and an unsafe attraction for young children. Also, the building was not secured, leaving it open to vermin. The three inspectors unanimously decided that the structure needed to be condemned.

When a property is condemned it means that no one can live in it. The owner is responsible for demolition and/or removal of the structure. If the owner fails to do so within a 10-day time frame after notification, the city can remove the building and bill the owner for the work.

The owner is also responsible for any court costs incurred. Said owner can be fined up to $500 a day, each day, until the structure is demolished and/or removed. Moore has until Sept. 20 to remove the trailer.

Driscoll reported that when Moore was told the property had been condemned he told her he thought it should be uncondemned. He said all it needed was a few repairs. The Times was unable to contact Moore for comment.

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