No action set for nuisance house

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By Jeff M. Hardison

A house full of garbage, rats and other objectionable matter will not be cleaned by the city of Chiefland.

This decision came Feb. 25 after the Chiefland City Commission learned Heidi Prophet will be 90 days behind her mortgage payment and the lender - the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- will foreclose.

Then the house becomes the lender's problem rather than a city problem, city leaders decided.

Bob Wolk of Waste Pro had offered to have six laborers and two supervisors clean the house for $1,000 a day with no charge for equipment, including dumpsters and hazmat suits. A one-time charge of $250 would be from DW Pest Control, he said.

While Mayor Teal Pomeroy and other city leaders said this was a very reasonable and considerate bid, they are going to let the mortgage holder deal with the problem. Pomeroy said he considered Waste Pro a good corporate neighbor in the city.

This decision came after Police Chief Robert Douglas said the State Attorney's Office told him Prophet would be spending time in state prison for child neglect, and that she had surrendered her children to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

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