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Nov 26, 2013 11:49 PM by Eric Ross

News 5 Guardians: Code Enforcement takes property caretaker to court

A judge will soon decide what action to take against a Colorado Springs homeowner who's ignored repeated requests by Code Enforcement to fix his condemned home.

The house located at 715 North 24th Street has been on the City's condemned properties list for 40 years.

"I have lived here since 1976 and this home has been looking like that since then," resident Dennis Gille told News 5 back in August. "What I don't understand is how they can keep this property in such disrepair and nobody seems to be able to do anything about it."

One month after our News 5 Investigation into condemned homes aired, Code Enforcement issued a final notice of non-compliance to make repairs.

"We found no change after issuing the notice," Tom Wasinger with Colorado Springs Code Enforcement said. "The best thing we could do at this point in time is get the property owner into court."

According to the El Paso County Assessor's Office, Joseph P. O'Brien is listed as the property owner. However, his youngest son, Glenn, has taken responsibility for the home.

On October 17, Glenn was issued two summonses to appear in front of a judge Monday, Dec. 2.

He faces two misdemeanor charges which each carry a $500 fine, 90 days in jail, probation, or a combination of all three.

News 5 will keep you updated on what happens.

Catch the original News 5 Investigation by visiting the link below:

http://www.koaa.com/news/news-5-investigates-why-aren-t-condemned-homes-being-torn-down-/

 

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