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Vacant house causes a stir in Campbell

Published: Mon, June 7, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Jeanne Starmack



Neighbors of a house where approximately 20 cats were removed last fall say they want assurance that the house is safe to live near.

They want the grass cut, too.

They say uncertainty over who owns the house at 600 Porter Ave., which has been vacant since December, is prompting a stalemate over who should take care of the lawn, board up a broken window, make sure there’s nothing in the house to attract cockroaches and make sure that mold growing on the windows isn’t harmful if airborne.

The city is waiting to hear that the house is bank-owned and the bank has given permission before it could take any action at the property, said city Administrator Lew Jackson.

Jackson said that meanwhile, he’s made the Mahoning County Board of Health aware of the concerns.

Humane agents with Animal Charity removed the cats and two dogs from the house in October. Homeowner Barbara Muscolo was told by the board of health to clean the house, which had animal feces throughout the basement. Neighbors were complaining about odors, according to Vindicator files.

Muscolo was given extensions through December for the cleaning, and she subsequently moved away.

But neighbors said they learned through a mortgage company representative who visited the property May 28 that the house is not bank-owned and the electricity is still on.

The representative, who said she is not legally allowed to give information on who owns the house, posted a notice on the door that the property appears to be abandoned. She could not confirm the name of the mortgage holder.

The notice gave any occupants three days to contact a posted phone number.

“I have grandkids here all the time, and I worry about what’s in there,” said Renee Wilush, who lives next door.

Her husband, Pat, said they might take legal action as a last resort.

Jackson said that Muscolo did give permission for neighbors to cut the grass.

Wilush said he would cut the grass once he knows Muscolo no longer owns the property.

“I don’t want to go on her personal property,” he said.

“We’d take care of it, believe me,” he said. “I don’t want the neighborhood to go.”


1havinmysay(155 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

If the bank owns the property the bank should maintain it. They know who own the property. They've probably foreclosed and left the house in the previous owners' names. This is a huge problem in Cleveland.

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2VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Banks have a poor record of maintaining forclosures, especially all those mortgage brokered home sales in Cleveland. No one wants to take the risk and go in there to do the mowing...they'll get robbed and/or their equipment trailer will be empty when they are finished mowing. That is, of course, if the equipment trailer is still there.

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3havinmysay(155 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Following your lack of logic, I guess that's why Boardman is filling up with houses that are foreclosed on and not kept up--the landscapers don't want to take the risk of going in and cutting the grass and boarding up the places because they'll be robbed.

The only people holding mortgages in bad neighborhoods are slumlords--usually vultures from the suburbs who don't care if they rent to dope dealers because they don't have to live next door to them or people who bought when the area was starting to decline and still have 15-20 years on their mortgage and can't really afford to move out.

Say something remotely intelligent or don't say anything at all. There is too much hot air floating around this message board. No issue can be discussed intelligently without some of you closet racists popping off with pure BS. You have to find a way to work race, (even if it's veiled) into every comment you make. You're not funny or clever. You're sickening.

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4dicaprio7(17 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Anyone wants to visit......let me know...and dont hide behind a keyboard morons......

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5dicaprio7(17 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Its news when I have Grand-kids and friends visiting....but because it isnt in your sorry a** neighborhood its not your problem......now contact me or shut your damn mouth!!!!

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6Billybob21(96 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Because the mayor picks and chooses what meeting he wants to come too. And when there is an important meeting about the city or the city's future the mayor usualy isnt there.

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