Neighbors upset with no help to tear down one dilapitated Farmington home

Posted at: 07/21/2014 6:10 PM
Updated at: 07/21/2014 6:28 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's a mess.

Years worth of mail in the mailbox, weeks-old newspapers in the driveway and weeds all of which visible from the street.

The cracked or boarded up windows tell only part of the story that neighbors say is a menace to the neighborhood.

Betty Veazey lives next door and is less concerned with how it looks, “Mostly it is a real health hazard,” she said, “It brings down our property values it looks horrible.”

The outside is certainly an eyesore and as neighbors pointed through the windows and lead KOB Eyewitness News 4 around back, it was clear the home is uninhabitable.

Through the windows you can see piles of trash and harboring mold.

“It’s very scary,” said Raymond Gonzales,” I wonder when I turn my air conditioner on if I’m not sucking in some of mold spores, I just don't know.”

Gonzales said the house has been empty for more than 6 years.

The leaking roof has caused the ceiling to fall in and what is left has molded.

“I hope that they tear it down, the only thing they can do to that house is tear it down to the cement.”

As far as who is responsible, according to the county tax records, the house is owned by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Multiple calls to the VA were not returned Monday but neighbors have reached out to the Farmington city council for help.

City Councilor Mary Fischer spoke of all the avenues she has pursued to get the problem house fixed, all with dead ends.

“It would be very expensive, to us [to tear it down.] Is it our responsibility? Probably, legally, no. But morally, yes,” she said.

Fischer says she will bring it up before council at the meeting tomorrow, which is none too soon for neighbors who have been staring at this for far too long.

“I hope that it is taken care of, taken down, whatever it takes,” Veazey said.