Chesterton Tribune

Vacant homes' weedy yards headache for town

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There are a lot of vacant homes in Chesterton and as the weather turns fine the yards of those homes will be getting weedy.

Building Commissioner Dave Novak has this message to folks who live near those homes: Be patient.

“It’s not a quick process,” Novak told the Town Council at its meeting Monday night. “We’ve got to track down the owner.”

Often it’s unclear who the owner—or the responsible party—even is, Novak noted. “Many of these vacant homes are in limbo between the bank and the owner. We don’t know who the responsible party is.”

Novak did say that he’s consulting with Associate Town Attorney Chuck Parkinson about any changes in Indiana Code which may make the situation easier.

“We’re trying to see if we can speed up the process.”

 

Posted 5/15/2012