Hobart board gives farmer 30 more days for cleanup

2013-07-19T19:00:00Z 2013-08-22T15:28:06Z Hobart board gives farmer 30 more days for cleanupDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The Board of Works is giving a Hobart farmer until Aug. 16 to complete cleanup of his formerly debris-littered, unsafe property, town officials said.

Following an update by city staff on cleanup work at farmer Robert Berndt's property, Mayor Brian Snedecor complimented him on the progress. The Aug. 16 date is a 30-day extension from a previous deadline issued by the city.

"You're doing a phenomenal job," Snedecor said. "There's been lots of progress and a good faith effort."

Snedecor said he supported a 30-day extension given the cleanup accomplished at the house in the 6800 block of Grand Boulevard.

Building Official Mike Hannigan provided a slide show, with before and after photos, of the way the house interior and exterior looked.

Hannigan also provided city officials with a check list of jobs still to be accomplished before the house is deemed inhabitable. A well to provide water and a furnace to provide heat are on the list.

Robert Berndt Jr., who came to the meeting with his father, said the biggest obstacle is getting close to $3,000 in financing to repair a well at the site.

"The sooner the house becomes inhabitable, the sooner my dad can live there or rent it out. We'd like to get it done as soon as possible," Berndt said.

Berndt said he would follow the suggestion of city officials to pursue funding through the county and township but is uncertain of whether or not his father qualifies.

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