December 21, 2014

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Judge orders Wellington property repaired or demolished

WELLINGTON — A judge has ruled that a nuisance property on South Mill Street must be cleaned up by Dec. 20 or it will be demolished.

The ruling, made by Lorain County Court of Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi, declares 139 S. Mill St. a nuisance property that is “insecure, unsafe and structurally defective.” The owner of the property, Jacquelyn Smith Harpel, was ordered to fix the problems on the property by Dec. 20 or the house will be demolished at her cost.

The village of Wellington filed the lawsuit against Harpel in Lorain County Common Pleas Court in September because the house was “out of repair, not structurally sound and serves as a home for rodents, insects and vermin,” according to a lawsuit.

The lawsuit also alleged that 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. She did not appear in court during a default hearing, according to court records.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.