Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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February 2, 2012

Town 'keeping an eye' on land

Hundreds of filled trash bags, some in piles six feet tall, lay on the front lawn of an Osgood Street property. Neighbors would like to see the town take action, but the health director says the piles do not represent a health hazard.

The property is owned by Susan Odle, currently a Manchester, N.H. resident with property in Andover, Methuen and Westford, Mass. In addition to 116 Osgood St., Odle owns an Andover condominium at 38 Michael Way that was recently condemned by the town, according to Tom Carbone, Andover's health director.

Odle couldn't be located or reached for comment and the Townsman could not find a listed phone number for her. A letter left at the Osgood Street property requesting comment generated no response.

Residents who live near the Osgood Street property, say their home values are being harmed by the escalating problem and believe it is time for the town to do something.

"We've lived here for nine years and said nothing," said Maureen Brogan, who lives down the road at 85 Osgood St. During that time, trash collected inside the house, more than a dozen sheds and a barn-like structure on the property. Today, items are stacked in the house high enough that they're visible in the windows from the street. A shed with an open door on the property has items falling out of it.

The piles in the front yard were the final straw, said Brogan.

"I was going home via Bellevue Road, and I saw the bags. And I saw [my husband Bill] and said, 'This is enough,'" said Maureen Brogan. "Her house is her house, and that is her business. But now it is becoming our business."

It is believed that nobody is living in the Osgood Street home currently, according to Carbone.

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