The issue of vacant, abandoned homes in the city led city council to swiftly approve shifting additional demolition money over to raze them.
“It truly is a quality of life issue,” said Tim Monea, chief building official for Wooster, told the body Monday night.
While Monea moved forward with the request that additional money — $75,000 for the rest of the year — be appropriated into his budget. The money, he explained, would be used to get five houses all ready to go before year’s end.
Ultimately, Monea said there are a total of 10 houses — five where the “legwork” has been completed, and another five that have been condemned — he wants to tear down by the end of 2018.
After the meeting, he said he has not finalized the list of which homes will come down before this year is finished. But he said the house on Lucca Street where close to 50 cats were found living in deplorable conditions last month is one of them. [Read more…]