Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County – Ewa Zaba bought her house on Darnick Road in Middle Smithfield Township this winter. When the snow melted she discovered piles of tires, an old couch, and bags of trash on the front lawn next door. She was horrified. "This is a hazard. My kids are not allowed on the street,” she said.
Zaba contacted township zoning officer, Shawn McGlynn, who looked into the problem. He sent the owners of record, Edward and Christine Booth, multiple notice of violation. He noted the mess is unsafe and unsanitary. "From what I can observe it appears that bears or other animals are getting into garbage that was left there,” said McGlynn.
The Booths have until October to clear the mess. If they don’t, township workers will remove the garbage and then fine them. The fine can be up to $1,000 a day. "When someone treats their property as a junk yard or a waste center, waste location, then it degrades everyone's value, everyone's property around it,” he noted.
McGlynn said that property is just one of many problem properties in the township. Some go into disrepair after foreclosure, others are used as illegal dumping sites.
The township plans to start the process of tearing down six homes that are considered dangerous. "Just clean up your mess because we would like to live here, a nice quiet life,” emphasized Zaba.
Eyewitness News was unable to reach Edward and Chrstine Booth for comment on this story.