Nick McWilliams reporting – Following suit with other municipalities in Tuscarawas County, Dover administration want to see problem houses taken care of.

According to the latest report from Mayor Shane Gunnoe, the city wants to join the Tuscarawas County Health Department to address certain properties that have been identified as nuisances.

He says that a list is already being put together of homes and structures that could potentially be health hazards or dangerous for city residents.

“Our Building and Zoning Administrator is currently compiling a list of properties which may meet the criteria of a nuisance structure under Ohio Revised Code. Once the list is complied, our recommendation will be forwarded to the health department for their review.”

Under state law, properties can receive the designation for minor infractions such as trash in yards or high grass, or if a building is structurally unsafe or unfit for habitants.

Other areas like New Philadelphia, Uhrichsville, and Dennison have also taken action on properties deemed nuisances within their corporation limits, which they say helps lead to new growth and potentially limits drug and criminal activities.

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