I’ve often said the worst thing that can happen to a property owner in Dayton is when your next door neighbors home is foreclosed on. Next thing you know, the copper wire, the copper plumbing, the furnace, the A/C, is all pulled out by scrappers and the cost to replace it it way more than the scrap value.
The second worst, if it doesn’t burn your house too, is having your neighbors home catch on fire. The hulking relic can stick around for years.
Unless of course, your a school board member and a friend of Mayor Nan Whaley.
The house next door to new School Board member Karen Wick Gagnet burned down on April 22nd 2018.
A few days later, demolition crews were knocking the walls down and making it a mound of rubble.
And, by June 22nd- it was being excavated and backfilled.
That doesn’t happen for the average taxpayer. There’s a house on Salem that burned so long ago- it’s covered in ivy.
That’s why we did a little video- “Burning Questions” which asks why there isn’t a standard protocol city wide for what has to happen when a building burns, complete with deadlines, bonding, and even a public auction if an owner can’t promise to take care of it.
It’s time that everyone gets the same treatment in Dayton. Not just the elected folks.
What should happen?
Within the first 30 days, a property owner has to fill out a plan complete with how they’ll pay, to either demo the property or begin repairs.
If that doesn’t happen, an instant auction will take place, with bidders able to take the property, as long as they can file a plan and have a bond for enough to cover the project.
If no bids come in, the building is demolished, the owner charged for the demolition, and the real estate is instantly put up for sale.
There is no reason for these hulking piles of trash should be allowed to stand.