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Problems with vacant house being resolved

  • The padlocked house at 6 Leisenring Street, Lansford.
    The padlocked house at 6 Leisenring Street, Lansford.
Published March 22. 2012 05:01PM

Ongoing problems with a vacant house at 6 Leisenring St. in Lansford are being resolved.

The house, in a row of attached homes, has been empty since November when the occupants moved out, leaving behind bags of stinky trash and household items. Next-door neighbor Joseph Gallagher approached borough council last Wednesday to ask that something be done so he and his wife would be able to sit on their porch on warm evenings without being driven inside by the stench.

Now, it appears that something indeed has been done, thanks to a borough police officer's efforts, said Councilman Tommy Vadyak.

"Chris (Ondrus) spent a lot of time on that," he said.

Vadyak said Ondrus made numerous telephone calls to track down the mortgage holder. The borough has since received an e-mail message from the bank promising to clean the place up. Further, council President Rose Mary Cannon said that the former owner has pleaded guilty before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek to repeated code violations and is paying the fines.

"Hopefully, there's a little light at the end of tunnel today," Gallagher said in a telephone interview early today. "Officer Ondrus got concerned. The response he got was that there should be someone out today to clean up, at least get that junk off the porch."

He said a realtor was at the house yesterday, and gave him a key, which he turned over to Ondrus.

"(Councilman) Tommy Vadyak and Chris Ondrus really helped," Gallagher said.

Code Enforcement officer Katheryn Labosky has said she's cited the previous owner, Lisa Kite, repeatedly over the past two years. The last citation was issued on Feb. 12. Kite moved out in November and now lives in South Carolina. The bank foreclosed on the house. Since then, she said, it's been tough to track down a responsible party.

Meanwjhile, the Gallaghers became increasingly frustrated.

The house was padlocked, and the only way to get to the second story back porch, where the trash was left, is by ladder or by going through the house.

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