Cole County Commissioners have given new property owners two additional weeks to clean up the filthy property at 813 Schumate Chapel Road.
At Wednesday’s council meeting the new property owner William Ott stepped forward saying that he has started to clean the property, that was filed with feces and trash.
“I saw it on the news and I just went to the address and got the number from the neighbor and I called Cory up and he told me the situation, we’ve met and discussed options on the property”, says new owner William Ott.
Ott says inside the property, trash, roaches, used baby diapers and carpet that reeks of pet urine and feces and that it’s nowhis job to clean it up. He says that there are, “trucks and trailers, there are tires, there’s drug paraphernalia, there’s just everything, so we’ve got to gut it, pull all of the carpeting out and then haul it out and dispose of it properly”.
What makes this even worse is that children and newborns were living in the home.
“It’s two or three feet of trash so when you’re digging through that, you can’t dig through it with your hands because you don’t know what’s in the trash, so it’s all trying to use shovels to pick it up”, says Ott.
Commissioners are giving him two additional weeks to fix up the property, however he says it will only take him several days.
“We’re excited that someone stepped up to the plate and took charge of this and that’s why we have a great community, people do that”, says presiding county commissioner Marc Ellinger.