Abandoned, Dilapidated Houses Pose Threat to Health, Safety, Wallet

By BOB PALMERUntitled
Jimplecute News Editor

JEFFERSON – If you run the roads in Jefferson and Marion County, you might spot some of those old homes with holes in the roofs and weeds as tall as the front porch.

“We’ve got several abandoned structures,” Jefferson Mayor Charles “Bubba” Haggard said.

“We’re trying to deal with them now.” The city does attempt to keep the lots mowed around the abandoned structures. In parts of Marion County, the problem is even more severe.

When volunteers rescued 80 dogs from the Isle of Pines community on Lake O’ the Pines, many of the animals were living in abandoned homes and mobile homes along with alleged drug-using squatters. Similar conditions with criminal squatters exist in Pine Harbor and Indian Hills, county officials say.

A report by the Community Development Clinic of the University of Texas School of Law warns of the dangers posed by these relics. “Vacant and abandoned properties harm Texas communities,” the report states.

“They breed dumping, hazardous building conditions, drug activity, and other crimes. They threaten the… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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