August 23, 2013

City orders cleanup on 3 properties

Tires collecting water, mosquitoes listed in complaints.

by Mitchell Kirk Pharos-Tribune

---- — The Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety ordered three property cleanups Wednesday, including one that was the setting of a drug raid this summer.

The Cass County Health Department condemned the house at 1931 High St. after it was raided by law enforcement officers in May, Logansport Code Enforcement Officer George Franklin told board members Wednesday.

The house’s owner, Brian Duane Allen, was arrested on eight charges May 31, including a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Franklin went on to say the Indiana State Police has since deemed the house to be uninhabitable.

Franklin said city workers have mowed the lawn at the property twice already this summer and that he has been receiving complaints about tires in the yard collecting water and providing spots for mosquitoes to nest.

“Standing water gets in those tires and it’s a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” Franklin said in an interview after the meeting.

Franklin also addressed the property at 715 Race St., owned by Raymond and Shirley Miller of Walton, who rent out the property. He said trash and tires have been collecting there for about a month or so and that the property has been in violation of local ordinances in the past.

“This will be the second time this year we’ve had to clean it up,” he said.

Also on the list was 722 Race St., owned by Robert and Katherine Tuner. Franklin called the property an “ongoing problem” with a mattress, building material and weeds collecting in the backyard.

He said the house is currently vacant and that abating the problem would be “quick and simple.”

Franklin said the owners did not sign for the most recent notice requesting their compliance, along with others previously sent to them.

“They refused to sign as they’ve done with any other notice,” he said.

None of the owners of the the properties were present at Wednesday’s meeting after receiving notices to appear.

The board unanimously approved the three cleanups requested by Franklin.

These cleanups will be added to the 37 the city has conducted so far this year, already surpassing last year’s total of seven.

In other news, the board also:

• Approved an electrician’s license for Fred Coates

• Approved a trash bin request at 334 Montgomery St.

• Approved the use of streets throughout the city Sept. 14 for the 2 Rivers on 2 Wheels bicycling event

• Approved the retirement of Terry Rogers with the Logansport Street Department.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or