Village Says 'Hands Are Tied' Over Mannsville EyesorePosted: Updated:
Village of Mannsville residents are worried about the former Huggins and Bettinger building.
It's been vacant for decades and neighbors say the wear and tear is not just an eyesore, it's dangerous.
"I'm concerned for my property, I'm concerned for the safety of everyone in the village," said Charlotte Besaw, who lives next door. "This last storm had a whole lot of stuff flying around."
Besaw talked to the village board Tuesday night, but Mayor Lori Cashel says there's not much they can do.
"We're zoning enforcement in the village, code enforcement lies with the county," Cashel said. "The village board feels like our hands are tied as far as code enforcement goes."
Cashel says the board plans to reach out to the county to see if something can be done.
"I know that we're all on the same page with this and that's a really good thing," Besaw said, "so now all we can do is try to get the county to enforce the code."
When it comes to rehabilitating the building instead of tearing it down, Cashel says she thinks it's too far gone.
The mayor has also tried reaching out to the building's owner to get her involved.