Crossville neighborhood demanding rat infested home demolished

Crossville neighborhood demanding rat infested home be demolished

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"There is enough poison in and around this property that it should glow in the dark," Breeden explained talking about the rat poison he's put out. "There is enough poison in and around this property that it should glow in the dark," Breeden explained talking about the rat poison he's put out.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – After years of dealing with an abandoned home infested with rats, a Crossville neighborhood may finally be getting help.

Glenn Breeden lives just feet from the vacant home on Guiness drive.

"I have come out in the back yard and personally seen rats come through the back fence," Breeden said.

In 2008, the house caught fire, and since then it has sat there, half burned and falling apart.

"If it was just an eyesore, that'd be bad enough, and it is an eyesore, but it's a health hazard," Breeden explained.

The health issue is why the county Health and Safety Standard Board has finally stepped in.

"You wouldn't want children to get in there and certainly with a rat infestation, rats are known to carry disease and that doesn't have to go any further than it has," said Brian Jones, a member of the HSSB.

The home was in foreclosure, but now is owned by Bank of America, which allowed the county to finally have someone to send a letter of violation to.

"The bank probably doesn't know the condition of the property so when they send a representative out they'll see this property is in serious, it's a safety issue," explained Jones.

At last week's HSSB meeting, the county attorney Randel Boston sent a letter of violation and clean up to Bank of America.

One reason for the delay in dealing with the property was the neighborhood has a Property Owners Association (POA), and there is a limit to what the county can do.

At the meeting there was a concern that if the county stepped in, it would set a precedent.

"If they do it for our neighborhood they might have to do it for another neighborhood, and frankly, I don't think they have the money," Breeden said.

After a discussion, the committee agreed that since this was an extreme case, and the fact that the POA did not have the resources, the county would step in.

In the meantime, Breeden and other neighbors are taking precautions.

"There is enough poison in and around this property that it should glow in the dark," he explained talking about the rat poison he's put out.

But he says enough is enough.

"We're talking about we had to move out of our home because of the smell of dead rats," Breeden explained with frustration.  "This is not rocket science, tear this thing down, it's been there for four years."

The HSSB hopes to have an answer from the bank by their June meeting.

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