Cole County Cleans Up
The county told the health department to hire a contractor to clean up trash and debris scattered across the property.
"Boy, what an overwhelming task this is going to be for somebody to come in here and start to clean this mess up," said the department's Carl Olson. "It's a biggie."
There's no shortage of junk, including junked cars, at the site.
"Certainly these folks had an interest in cars," Olson added, "because when we first started, there was in the neighborhood of 15-20 vehicles on this property, and not that many of them were in running order."
The junk is an eyesore that lowers nearby property values, plus there's another problem. The area is a perfect mosquito breeding ground, because of water collecting in abandoned tires in the shade of trees.
Neighbors complained for years, but the health department couldn't contact the owners, despite calling the police, leaving notices at the property, and running newspaper ads.
Now, the county is taking over the property. After the property is cleaned up, the county will sell it and use some of the money to cover the costs.