WARSAW — The residence at 1422 E. Main St., Warsaw, was the main topic of discussion during the Warsaw code enforcement hearing held Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The property is owned by Stephen and Princene Moore and has been on the agenda for over a year. Stephen Moore was present at the hearing and explained that the original plan to give surrender the house back to the bank fell through and that a formal judgment of foreclosure has been added to the property.
The couple has not lived in the home for over a year. But there is still a lot of trash and debris inside the home. Most recently, the health department got involved due to animals coming in and out of the house, making it a general nuisance. The home is unsecured and animals are finding food inside.
When asked why there were still food items inside the house with no one living there, Stephen Moore described it as a “packrat” situation.
“My patience is growing thin and so are the remedies that are available to you,” said Hearing Officer Tom Earhart. “I have the authority to get people in there to clean it out and charge you for it.”
Earhart ordered the property continued to the next hearing on Jan. 29. In the meantime, Stephen Moore was ordered to let the health department inside the home to evaluate the situation.
The ongoing issues with Brad Eberly and his property at 1627 Fisher Avenue continue to be handled by the judicial system. A court hearing was held in Kosciusko County Superior Court last month but Eberly failed to show up. The judge ordered a warrant for his arrest and ordered that any bail money collected be used to clean up the property.
The residence at 1015 E. Main St., owned by Jason and Bobby Wade has also made an appearance in Kosciusko County Superior Court. A preliminary and final injunction was set on Dec. 4. Homeowners were given two weeks from that date to clean up the property and be in compliance with city codes. Since it’s a final injunction, if the home falls into violation at any time the courts can then take further action.
In other news:
- It was noted that Sandra Belcher, owner of 1570 Loher Lane, has been cooperative in getting her property cleared of unplated vehicles and general nuisance. The residence was continued to Jan. 29, to ensure everything is dealt with.
- Ralph Fitch, the owner of 214 N. Fort Wayne Ave., 500 Chinworth Court and 1503 Green Hill Drive, has made little progress on his many violations. The residence was continued until Jan. 29, and Earhart stressed that the violations should be resolved by then.
- Gregory Addair, owner of 604 E. Main St., continues to face violations related to improperly stored vehicles. WPD Officer Justin Curtis noted that this has been an ongoing issue for four years. The residence was continued to Jan. 29, and Addair was encouraged to get into compliance.