Two enter blight process

Two more problem properties have entered Warren County’s blighted property process.

The county’s Blighted Property Review Committee met on Wednesday to discuss 1667 Priest Hollow Road in Pine Grove Township as well as an un-numbered parcel on Farnsworth Road in Mead Township.

Paul Pascuzzi, chair of the committee, said that the Priest Hollow Road property is owned by Blaine Bidwell and was before the Pine Grove Township supervisors at a September 13 meeting.

“Parts of the building are falling down,” he said, noting that the township said the property is open to rodents, doesn’t have utilities, has been empty for two years and is a fire hazard.

He noted the property wasn’t tax delinquent.

“They keep up with the taxes but (it is a) property that hasn’t had any attention,” he said.

Members of the board initially said that the structure doesn’t look that bad but Pine Grove Township Supervisor Charles Morrison, who also sits on the blight committee, said that the “whole back of the house is gone.”

Reviewing pictures of the structure, Pascuzzi noted there was grass growing in the door. “That’s a first,” he said.

Morrison pointed to the condition of the roof and said “there is nothing left of it.” He added that the house sits on an sizable lot, over 20 acres, has a barn which has also collapsed and that the neighbors made the initial complaint to the township.

Given the value in the property, Pascuzzi said he “would think Mr. Bidwell would want to find resolution.”

The other property is located owned by David Bennett and is located on Farnsworth Road.

“You could probably push it over,” Jeff Eggleston, county commissioner and committee member said.

Dave Wholeben, Mead Twp. supervisor and committee member, said that the owner lives in Michigan and has not responded to the municipality.

Pascuzzi said it had the “same rundown” on the blight conditions as the previous property.

“This is like a poster child for blight,” he said.

The committee agreed to invite the respective property owners to their next meeting.

“We ask them to provide us a written plan for what they plan for this property,” Pascuzzi said.