Blighted property gets cleaned up in New Philadelphia neighborhood


NEW PHILADELPHIA, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — In an Eyewitness News follow-up… Last month we first told you about a two-year battle in Schuylkill County to clean up a smelly eyesore.
Now we’ve gone back – to see if any progress has been made. Eyewitness News reporter Haley Bianco found out it’s getting better.

“It’s still pretty gross,” said Korrie McAnanney, neighbor to a blighted home in New Philadelphia.

Korrie McAnanney has been fighting the blight next door for two years, mostly concerned for the safety of her young daughters and pets.

“There were mountains of trash. It was awful,” said McAnanney.

McAnanney’s concerns are now being addressed, thanks to District Attorney Christine Holman.

“It’s shameful, and sinful, and also illegal,” said Holman.

Back in June, the neighboring yard was completely covered in trash. Today, the garbage is down to a pile.

“We can finally open our windows. In the kitchen the bathroom, I can finally get a breath of fresh air,” said McAnanney.

The McAnanney’s were not able to go outside on hot summer days because the smell of rotting flesh filled the air. They later found out there were several dead cats mixed in with the trash.

“I just did everything in my power until someone finally listened,” said McAnanney.

The owner has been contacted, and he’s tells McAnanney that he’s made arraignments for the property to be taken care of.

But now the problem isn’t just on the other side of the fence; it’s actually seeping into the McAnanney’s yard. They are now trying to keep their pets from rolling around in the unidentified goo.

Schuylkill County leaders say this is just one of scores of blighted properties which need to be dealt with.

“Until someone is complaining, they may not be aware,” said Holman.

And in part, that’s why the city of Pottsville made a change this week to its Quality of Life Ordinance. The city will now be able to turn unpaid tickets over to a collection agency.

“The problem is not going to go away, but it gives us more options to deal with people who are ignoring their homes, us and their neighbors pleas for help,” said Thomas Palamar, Pottsville City Administrator.

As for the McAnanneys, they’re just waiting for the last pile to be removed.

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