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Vacant house concerns borough officials

October 05, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Borough of Waynesboro could soon take steps to secure a dilapidated house near the intersection of West North and North Potomac streets, a borough official said.

"I've talked to the (property owners') lawyer and said they have to do something in the next day or so," Code Enforcement Officer Dan Sheffler said Thursday.

Otherwise, the borough will do the work and write out a bill, he said.

The roof at 116 W. North St. is falling in on itself, and the gutter is in danger of falling to the sidewalk, Sheffler said.

He said he has issued safety citations, but has been waiting as the owners take care of some court issues.

The house has been vacant for years, Sheffler said.

Borough records have the property's owners listed as Michael and Ruth McKee of Ridge Avenue. Two calls to a listed phone number went unanswered.

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"I hope somebody isn't walking down the sidewalk when the rest of it collapses," Councilman Allen Porter said Wednesday evening.

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