Commonwealth Journal

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May 16, 2014

A $57,500 Problem

Somerset buying another troubled property; N. Maple St. house to be leveled & land resold

Somerset —

City officials are moving forward in purchasing a troubled North Maple Street property as part of an ongoing city beautification effort. 
During Monday’s Somerset City Council meeting, councilors entered into a short executive session to discuss real estate. Upon returning, Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler announced that the city would be purchasing the home at 136 North Maple Street, located at the corner of North Maple Street and Oak Street.
According to a report of emergency calls made from the home to Pulaski County 911 provided by Somerset Police Department, officers responded to 50 total calls for service between May 15, 2012 and May 15, 2014. Of those calls:
• 14 were medical calls (in which EMS responded as well),
• 2 were for reported assaults (with one stabbing on April 22, 2013),
• 1 was a report of an unresponsive patient,
• 1 was a report of an overdose.
• 1 was structure fire, 
• 4 were reports of theft or burglaries made to SPD in the two-year span, and
• 6 were domestic violence reports. 
“Those are statistics for the past 24 months, but that’s a small snapshot of the total number of calls (at the property) we’ve been to over the years,” said SPD Captain Shannon Smith. 
Girdler said city officials have been working with the property owner for some time in an effort to help repair the home and bring it under city building code standards.
“We’ve been dealing with the property owner for about a year now ... seeing what we can do to improve the property,” said Girdler, who noted the city “appreciates the property owners’ cooperation.”
Girdler said the former owners made every effort to improve the property, but decided to go in a different direction when it became obvious it would cost much more to improve it than what the property appraised for.
“They decided they would try to make the best offer possible,” said Girdler. 

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