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I-Team: Neighbors discuss ‘problem property’ and the next steps to take

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JENKINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Residents of a Luzerne County neighborhood say they want something done about a problem property. Neighbors reached out to the I-Team saying they fear that this property is a tragedy waiting to happen and want something done about it once and for all.

“I mean you can just look at this… I mean this thing is a fire hazard which is scary enough. I know there’s no electric going into it, but it’s a fire trap,” said Bob Davidson, Jenkins Township resident.

Davidson lives near the property on Mitchell Street in Jenkins Township.

“I mean this home right here is disgusting. We found rodents! I found rodents in my driveway. There are cats running in an out of it. There’s garbage. There’s a pool back there with water in it that’s breeding mosquitos. We can’t even sit on our front porch,” Davidson said.

Davidson says the place has been vacant for at least a decade and was condemned by Jenkins Township.

“I’m hoping that you guys can get us some answers to find out what they are going to do with this property. Is the property going to get cleaned up actually? What’s going on?” Davidson said.

“Well, it’s been an issue with us for a while,” Jenkins Township Board of Supervisors chairman Stanley Rovinski said.

Our search for answers started at the Jenkins Township Municipal Building. Rovinski says the property is tied up in a legal fight involving the family that owns the property.

“The holdup the township is willing to purchase the property from the people who own it. There is some kind of legal snafu on their part, not the township. The township would be thrilled to buy it and tear it down, put it out for bid,” said Rovinski.

But Rovinski insists the township can only do so much legally.

“The bottom line is we are a government entity and we have to follow the law. We set an example for everyone else and we just can’t do things without following the law. That’s just the bottom line,” Rovinski said.

Rovinski says they are willing to offer the property owners a fair price for the property.

The I-Team has been trying to reach the property owners, but so far without success. We are continuing to work on this story and hope to have more answers in the days ahead.

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