Boardman Township Trustees met Friday with the Mahoning County Board of Health to get help speeding up the process to tear down several vacant homes by the end of the year.
The township received a $100,000 grant from the state to demolish blighted houses, but the funds must be spent by the end of the year. The township wants to demolish five houses by Dec. 31, but must follow the proper procedures. They would like the Health Department to condemn the houses, which will get the process rolling for demolition.
“If they correct them great, that’s what we want. Put the house back in shape that people will live there and be part of the community, but if they don’t take care of that, condemning them allows us to move forward with tearing it down,” said Boardman Township Trustee Brad Calhoun.
Boardman Township has torn down 13 vacant houses so far using funds from the grant.