An Omaha neighborhood is dealing with an eyesore, a vacant home that’s fallen into disrepair. Residents say there's also a safety concern.
She takes pride in her property, but Jill Lemen doesn't like the view from her deck because of the backyard next door. “Basically the fact nobody is taking responsibility or cleaning it up.”
The single woman who moved out 18 months ago said she couldn’t afford to maintain it. Lemen hopes the mortgage company will take control through foreclosure, but until then the neighbors worry about the backyard pool. “Someone needs to drain it,” says Mark McCormick.
The gates are unlocked and there's “Keep Out” signs, so McCormick opened a corner of the cover. He says the photos he took show the pool looks like it’s filled with swamp water that could breed health hazards that might affect the neighborhood. “All the neighbor kids could easily find their way in this backyard and get in here, even with it secure somewhat it's a hazard.”
McCormick makes sure the pool cover is strapped on tight, but neighbors say the abandoned property is an eyesore from the dropped pillar in front to the fallen branches in back. “Our hope is somebody will come and take responsibility and take care of the house,” says Lemen. “There's been a lot of people shown interest in living in the house and we're trying to find solutions.”
They want the property cleaned up and secure until the vacant house is made a home again.
The property owner says a professional pool company secured the cover, so it shouldn't be a health or safety hazard. She tells Fact Finders an official notice just came in the mail that says the mortgage company is proceeding with foreclosure. The lender is looking into the neighbors’ concerns.