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Greene County Wants To Clean Up With A New Ordinance

Greene County hopes to pass an ordinance which would clean up abandoned homes

Abandoned homes are left in despair in Greene County

Photo: Stan Jastrzebski

Several abandoned homes are left in despair in Greene County.

Greene County authorities are considering an ordinance which will allow communities to clean up abandoned houses that pose health concerns or might deter future residents.

Greene County Commissioner Ed Michael says he is concerned the number of homes in disrepair is hindering his county’s economic development.

“People coming into Greene County for the first time, the first impression they get is what they see along the highways and along the county roads,” he says. “If you’ve got a house that’s been burned for years and is still showing and still standing there, nobody’s done anything with it, it needs to be cleaned up, you know it’d look a lot better.”

These dilapidated houses do not only discourage newcomers, but can be harmful for houses nearby. Michael says he has heard of an abandoned home full of rats.

The commissioners March 5 meeting agenda does not include introduction of the ordinance, but Michael says, residents may discuss it at the end of the meeting.

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