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Sharpsburg crews to clean site of demolished home

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Members of the Sharpsburg public-works department will clean up the site of a demolished home at 1638 Middle St.

The property was torn down at the request of borough officials.

With summer starting, the site needs to be maintained, Councilman Lou DeLuca said. He already has received one complaint.

“The weeds are getting high,” DeLuca said.

The borough is working to try and get someone to take over the property. Until that happens however, borough crews will clean up the site.

DeLuca said that is not normal procedure, but it is better than the alternative.

“This will build from grass to rodents, and then we'll have the board of health involved,” DeLuca said.

Because borough officials had the house torn down, Council President Renee Procopio said, she doesn't think they have a choice when it comes to maintaining the property.

“I think we have to,” Procopio said.

The code-enforcement department also is monitoring sites on Main and Church streets, DeLuca said. Issues with those sites include clutter, debris and occupancy.

He said he is working on a clarification on the ordinances for clutter and occupancy for better enforcement.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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