Blight program to tackle next Tidioute property

Warren County officials took steps on Thursday that will hopefully lead to a better neighborhood and some homeless rodents in Limestone Township.

Members of the Warren County Blighted Property Review Committee unanimously approved a motion to bring a property identified as a public nuisance, dilapidated, unsafe and vermin-infested before the county planning commission. The property is located in Limestone Township. The address is 58 Bush Lane, Tidioute.

Thursday’s meeting was the first time the committee reviewed the Bush Lane property, according to Paul Pascuzzi, committee chairman.

Limestone Township officials lodged a formal complaint with the property owners on June 29, Pascuzzi said. The owners were then invited to attend a township supervisor meeting held on Aug. 15. The owners did not attend, according to Pascuzzi.

County Assessment data lists Lynda Bush-Berenbrok as the owner of the property. Her address is listed in care of Kenneth Bush, 531 San Francisco St., Oakland, Md.

The single-story residence located on .31 acres of land was purchased by Bush-Berenbrok in 2012 for $1 from Nancy and Ralph Bush Jr., according to assessment data. The market value of the property is $2,200. Its assessed value is $1,100.

Pascuzzi said the property is located in a built up neighborhood and represents a potential danger to surrounding properties. He described the unoccupied property as abandoned with the exception of rodents seen entering through holes in the structure. The utilities to the property have been disconnected or destroyed.

The property has been forwarded to the Planning Commission for their concurrence of blight and the commission may then refer to the Redevelopment Authority.

While several properties have ultimately been referred to the Redevelopment Authority for disposition, the committee has also been successful in encouraging property owners to take corrective action which has resulted in removal from the list of blighted properties.

The owners of the Bush Lane property will be notified of Thursday’s action and their right to appeal, Pascuzzi said.