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Boardman files complaint over apartment building

By Denise Dick

Friday, May 5, 2006

Residents living near the building have complained at Boardman trustees meetings.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Boardman is asking a judge to order the owners of a Hillman Way apartment building to make repairs.
Atty. Mark S. Finamore, representing the township, filed a complaint for preliminary and permanent injunctions Thursday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. The complaint lists Dianne Bulatko of Children & amp; Family Services and Butler Wick Trust Co., and Donald R. Snipes, all of Youngstown, as defendants.
Bulatko and Butler Wick are both guardians of William Busch, former owner of the property. Snipes is listed as the current property owner. None of the defendants could be reached late Thursday to comment.
Finamore said Busch's whereabouts are unknown.
Code violation
Last August, the township issued a property maintenance code violation to the property owner citing windows and door frames in disrepair and high weeds outside of the building. Another violation was issued in October 2005.
Finamore said that the township had been working with a property management company hired by Busch that was making necessary repairs. But those repairs abruptly stopped.
Mahoning County Probate Court ordered the company to stop spending the money because the quit claim of the property that transferred ownership from Busch to Snipes was in dispute, township officials have said.
That transfer occurred in April 2004.
"There were some allegations that the property may have been transferred under fraudulent circumstances," Finamore said.
Residents who live near the building have attended township trustees meetings complaining about the appearance and condition of the building.
The building's condition has and "will continue to cause irreparable harm and damage to the township, its residents and the individual property owners surrounding" it, the complaint says.
A hearing on the request on the request for injunction is set for 1:30 p.m. May 31 before Judge James Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.