By Valerie Werkmeister
Cynthiana Town Board officials are in a quandary over what to do with abandoned properties in their town. During their October 8, meeting, they discussion options with attorney Jeff Ahlers over one particular property located at 10965 Highway 65 North. The property is owned by Jackie Sinay, who has allegedly moved out of state.
The home on the property burned and the charred remains pose a hazard. The grass is also tall as the property has not been maintained in quite some time. According to Clerk-Treasurer, Greta Mounts, she has attempted to contact the Sinay’s via e-mail and has not received a response. Mail sent to their local post office box has also not been collected.
Board members weighed the pros and cons of filing a lawsuit versus getting assistance from the Posey County Health Board to attempt to condemn the property. Ahlers informed the board that the county may have different laws they can utilize to take possession of the property or sell it through a tax sale.
In addition, Ahlers will review if the town has already taken the necessary legal steps in accordance with their nuisance ordinance in order to proceed with filing a lawsuit.
Mounts stated she would contact county officials to see what other assistance they might be able to receive.
Board members also reviewed the progress made on two other properties that were cited in violation of the town’s nuisance ordinance. No action was taken on Sean Powers’ property at 10260 Whiting Street and Glenn Gee’s property at 10256 Walnut Street. Both properties are in the process of being cleaned up. The board will continue to monitor their progress.
The board held its second budget hearing and passed the budget for 2014. It also passed a 2014 salary ordinance.
Halloween candy will be passed out to trick-or-treaters from 6 – 8 p.m. at the band stand on October 31.
Mounts also informed board members that the state fire marshal had performed an inspection on the community center. There are only two legal exits that can be utilized as official exits since they have a concrete pad outside the door. The stove, oven and vents will need to be cleaned before the facility may be used.
She also reported that Andy Rudolph from the Posey County Community Foundation had spoken to her about the town’s grant request. She feels the town has a good shot at receiving the grant and expects to hear an answer in December.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 12, at 6 p.m. in the town hall.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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