Neighbors of two Maplewood houses cited for violating city maintenance ordinances said at a nuisance hearing Thursday at Maplewood City Hall that the houses are in dangerously bad condition. Neither of the owners were there.
Maplewood city housing inspector, Phil Gold, said the city had received complaints about the house at 7412 Zephyr Place, that a large dying oak was in the front and the back had considerable trash.
Neighbor the east, Leah O. Leah, said she’s worried that the buildup of pine needles is a fire hazard. Also that opossums and raccoons live in the back yard, but added, “they have to live somewhere.”
The neighbor to the west, Carolyn Ford, said she had talked to the owner, David Putz, about a large dead tree, but nothing was done and it finally fell on her property. She said the owners from the Depression days, Ed and Ollie Putz, would be appalled if they were alive today.
Gold said the owner of 7705 Weaver Avenue has been notified about the deteriorating roof and collapsed fence and that both still need to be fixed. Neighbor Patsy Jablonowski agreed.
The owners will be notified in about a week of the decision of the judge in the hearing.