December 20, 2014

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Wellington wants to clean up or demolish house

The village of Wellington contends the house at 139 S. Mill St. constitutes a public nuisance. CHELSEA MILLER/CHRONICLE

The village of Wellington contends the house at 139 S. Mill St. constitutes a public nuisance. CHELSEA MILLER/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON – The village is seeking to clean up or get rid of a property on South Mill Street.

The home, at 139 S. Mill St., is in violation of the village’s ordinances that constitute a public nuisance because it is out of repair, not structurally sound and serves as a home for rodents, insects and vermin, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in county Common Pleas Court.

The village contends that, because of the violations, the home is no longer habitable.

The lawsuit also alleges that the property’s owner, Jacquelyn Smith Harpel, owes approximately $8,077 in unpaid delinquencies and $833 in taxes for the first half of 2012, plus an $83 penalty.

Harpel’s address is listed in Sandusky, and the lawsuit does not say whether anyone is living in the home.

If the court declares the property a nuisance, the village asked the court to require Harpel to abate the public nuisance conditions within 30 days.

If that isn’t done, the village wants to demolish the building.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.