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December 26, 2013

Emergency cleanups ordered on High Street

Officials: Bed bugs, danger and unsightliness forced action

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“They’re going to be in the carpet,” he said of the parasites. “They’re going to be in the drapes.”

Franklin said the property is currently being rented out by an out-of-town owner. Cass County’s GIS mapping system lists the owners as William and Ginger Butner of Tipton.

Eric Eldridge, an environmental health specialist with the Cass County Health Department, said the property will have to be addressed by a certified exterminator.

“There’s a lot of prep work that needs to be done for bed bugs,” Eldridge said, adding that all furniture, bedding, linens, clothing and other possessions will have to be cleaned and isolated before extermination can begin.

After the extermination, Eldridge said the health department then conducts a visual inspection of the property.

Following the cleanup at 1224, the city also carried out three other emergency cleanups on High Street at 1128, 1127 and 1114. While these three weren’t ordered because of bed bugs, Franklin said they still required emergency action.

Photos Franklin presented to the Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety Tuesday morning depicted furniture, trash and other objects strewn about the front lawns of the three properties. In an interview after the meeting, Franklin called the scenes “unsightly and unsafe.”

Normally, proper notification and time is required for violators of the city’s trash regulations. However, an ordinance allows for emergency cleanups in situations of “serious threat of imminent danger to public health, public safety and/or the wellbeing of the public as determined by the community development director.”

“When it’s on the front of the house or the curb, we know it will be sitting there for at least another week,” Franklin said, “so we made the decision.”

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com. Follow him: @PharosMAK.

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