County commissioners hear woman’s case for abandoned houses

County commissioners hear woman's case for abandoned houses (Image 1)

A woman fighting to clean up her Greene County neighborhood took her fight to county commissioners Monday.

Last week, 9 On Your Side revisited an abandoned house that has stood as an eyesore for 5 years.
WNCT 9 On Your Side’s Andrew Ruiz continues to get answers. He spoke with Chairman Jerry Jones following the meeting.

“We’ve had some other cases with the same thing and we were not able to do anything about them and I see her point,” Jones said. “It’s just going to take a little time; it’s not going to happen over night, but our county attorney is looking into it and that’s the way it’s going to go right now.”

9 On Your Side uncovered the bankruptcy documents for the house on Green Acres Road. It’s owners first filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1998; the case was closed in 2000. Then, the next time they filed for Chapter 13 in 2006 and closed it in 2010. The latest one that is still active was filed in 2013. It was Chapter 13 bankruptcy and still there’s been no judgment on that. But Joyce Avery says it’s been taking way too long.

“I have mice in my house,” explained Joyce Avery, neighbor. “I keep my house spotless and I try to keep it clean, but you can’t do it when you’ve got junk crawling all around.”

On Monday night, Avery addressed the board about her concerns and asked for the passage of an ordinance requiring owners to keep up their houses.

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