N. Strabane condemns home as unsafe, goes to court

September 29, 2017
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North Strabane Township wants to tear down this dilapidated house on Carol Drive. Order a Print
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Celeste Van Kirk/Observer-Reporter
The owner of this North Strabane Township home died a week before a hearing on the property was scheduled before District Judge Jay Weller. Order a Print

North Strabane Township began proceedings in January against a Carol Drive homeowner on building code violations, but the owner died before the case could be resolved.

According to documents filed with Washington County Court, the township issued a notice in January to Judith A. Hersh of 915 Carol Drive regarding the home’s disrepair and cited her.

A hearing was scheduled before District Judge Jay Weller for May 24, but Hersh died the previous week.

Photographs of the home taken in August showed trash accumulating inside and outside, large areas of the roof covered by tarps and in danger of collapse, and overgrown vegetation. Wiring is exposed to the elements, and the township requested electrical service to the home be terminated Aug. 24. The township posted a condemnation notice on the front door, deeming the single-story home unfit for human occupation.

The township was instructed to withdraw the citation filed with the magistrate, and, according to legal documents, it has been unable to find Hersh’s heir as identified in an obituary. But it asked a county judge for permission to demolish the structure.

Judge Damon Faldowski ordered the township to advertise its intentions so her son, Donald C. Hersh, has an opportunity to intervene. Faldowski has scheduled the next proceeding for Nov. 22.

Barbara S. Miller covers politics, Washington County government and a variety of other topics for the Observer-Reporter. She is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in English and history. Follow her on Twitter @reporterbarb.

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