Neighbors Want City Action On Eyesore Home

Neighbors are frustrated with the state of a vacant home in Bellevue. They're pushing for someone to force a clean-up, but there's been a delay.

The Adams family says the condition of the property next door is spooky. The assessor lists the vacant rental house owner as former Bellevue city councilman Scott Houghtaling, who moved out of the state. Code enforcement sent him notice but neighbors say the city should mow it now.

"We've gotten to the point where there's nothing we can do," said Michelle Adams. "We've got snakes, we've got mice running through our yard because of this mess."

The overgrown yard is on Bellevue's list of things to do, but there are other priorities for city crews.

"We're behind because of the amount of rain we've had this spring," said Jeff Roberts with Bellevue Public Works. "So city crews will get to them when we get a chance, but it could be a few more weeks before we get caught up with all our parks."

The neighbors say the city needs to look beyond the yard. They're not just concerned with the looks of the property, but the stability of the house as they see pieces of the foundation peeling away.

The house isn't far from a middle school. Michelle Adams worries this fall, curious kids might take unauthorized field trips to the property if it's not cleaned up and kept that way.

Fact Finders did reach a maintenance contractor listed for the house, and he says our call led the mortgage holder to order mowing right away. Even with the 4th of July holiday, a crew could be there as early as Thursday morning.

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