Hobart farmer given July 17 deadline to clean up Grand Boulevard property

2013-05-16T18:30:00Z 2013-07-03T15:07:32Z Hobart farmer given July 17 deadline to clean up Grand Boulevard propertyDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The Board of Public Works gave farmer Robert Berndt a July 17 deadline to clean up his house in the 6800 block of Grand Boulevard.

"We don't want you to get off track," Mayor Brian Snedecor said.

Berndt, who was accompanied by three of his children, was told he must return to the July 17 Board of Public Works meeting in full compliance with cleanup.

The board can approve extensions through Aug. 13 if warranted, city officials said.

"We'd like to get this resolved ASAP," board member Rich Lain said.

Lain said he had held a phone conference with Berndt and two of his children May 2.

The discussion, which included other city officials, focused on whether the family wishes to rehab Berndt's house or tear it down, Lain said.

Robert Berndt II, Berndt's son, said plans are to rehab so that his father or someone else could eventually live there.

"If my dad is going to live there, we want to get to the point where living conditions are safe whoever is there," Berndt said.

Berndt's son said the water system is being reinstalled and the furnace replaced. The house also will be tested for mold and disinfected.

"If the house is safe, we can proceed with insulation," Berndt's son said.

The board in September ordered cleanup of Berndt's debris-littered house and farm, which were judged to be unsafe.

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