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March 14, 2013

Council hears from property owner on hit list


The Duncan City Council was feeling generous during Tuesday’s council meeting, granting extensions to the property owners of four properties that were to be considered for abatement.
Two of the four properties, located at 517 and 519 W. Beech, are owned by Albert Loveless. Duncan Code Enforcement personnel have been watching these properties and warning the owner that repairs were needed since March 2011.
“We have gone through the public nuisance hearing process and through the appeal process,” Community Development Director Dana Schoening said. “There had been, in this particular case, an appeal in the form of a letter that we did receive stating repairs that would be provided to this structure.”
Loveless was told of changes that should be made to the house.
“There has not, in my opinion working in that department, been any progress,” Schoening said. “We sat down with the property owner on a few occasions. Nothing really has been done. In my opinion and I have stated it to the property owner, I think the property is continuing to get worse. Despite the pledges to get it improved, it is getting worse.”
Loveless told the council that while he has bought siding and roofing for the structures he has not had the strength to put them on the structures without help.
“I am living on $900,” he said. “It is really tight to stretch $900 a month, pay bills and buy materials. I have had to buy materials a little at a time and stock them up so they could be added to the properties. There has not been a lot done to the outside, as you can see, but there is on the interior. If it is not fixed on the inside, there is not any reason to fix outside.”
He asked the city for understanding because he has not had the money to hire somebody to do the work for him and equated it with the situation the city finds themselves in believing it to be similar.

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