Foreclosure Mess Resolved in Town of Lockport

6:52 PM, Jun 30, 2011   |    comments
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  There is a resolution to the problem with high grass around a home in foreclosure in the town of Lockport.   

A resident in the town of Lockport had contacted our 2 On Your Side Tipline because he was frustrated with problems stemming from the vacant home across the street which is the subject of a foreclosure by an out of state bank.

  A.J. Southard questioned why no one from the town was able to do anything about the high grass and weeds standing feet high in the yard of the home at 6267 Dorchester Road. Southard worried about problems with insects and rodents and the eventual threat of rabies from raccoons on the property and roaming the neighborhood.

  Southard says some town officials told him they could only pursue a code violation against the bank in the foreclosure case and would not be able to mow the grass because of liability. Southard says one neighbor did attempt to mow it but debris in the yard broke his mower.  

  But Town Supervisor Marc Smith told 2 On our Side the time  ran out for the bank to comply in town court. Smith says the town building inspector did contact the owner and the grass was cut to work by a landscaper after our story aired Wednesday evening.

   Smith also says the town will work on a long term solution with a new local law so that these types of situations can be handled with a more rapid response in the future.


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