Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 16, 2012

Town seeks cleanup at Osgood blight property

The town's health department is taking action against a blight property on Osgood Street, where hundreds of trash bags are piled several feet high.

On Friday, town Health Director Tom Carbone issued cleanup orders that give the owner of 116 Osgood St., Susan Odle, up to seven days from receipt of the orders to clean up the property.

The home was pictured on the front page of the Townsman two weeks ago, Feb. 2. Carbone said the town couldn't take any action on the property at that time, because it didn't seem the property was a health issue.

That is no longer the case, according to Carbone.

"We've been able, finally, to document what we're seeing, the trash and animals getting there," said Carbone. "That's allowed us to take the next step of action."

Odle failing to comply with the orders within seven days "could result in court action" from the town, said Carbone, who declined to specify what that could mean.

The orders were sent by both certified mail and regular mail to three addresses registered to Odle. The doubling of the mailings was done "so if somebody chooses not to sign for the certified mail, they still get it via the regular mail," said Carbone.

As of Monday, the town had not received a response or any returned mail.

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