TOWN OF NEENAH - A house that was declared hazardous and ordered to be torn down Wednesday is still standing.
Town of Neenah officials say a house at 745 Oakridge Place is unsafe according to state ordinance and needs to be razed.
"This is a safety issue where the house is falling apart. Literally," said Neenah Town Chairman Bob Schmeichel.
Schmeichel said for years the house has been a problem. And when he went inside for the first time last month, he said he realized just how big of a problem it was.
"I couldn't explain it to you. When we opened the door, it was just a shambles. And I certainly had wished that they had done something prior to it before it getting this far," said Schmeichel. "The ceilings are falling, the floors are caving in, the back of the house is gone. For the house to be inhabited, it would be impossible."
Schmeichel said an inspector drew up a form deeming the house unsafe and informing owner Stephen Bates he had 30 days to tear it down or fix it up. Now those 30 days have come and gone.
"That time frame is up and now we're actually in litigation to take it down," said Schmeichel.
FOX 11 attempted to contact the home's owner at his other residence. He did not answer the door, and did not return our repeated calls for comment.
Schmeichel said it's still early in the litigation process and Bates could take care of the demolition himself before the town hires someone to. But either way, the house has to come down. And either way, Bates has to foot the bill.
The town has not set a date for when it would tear the house down.
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