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Problem Solver looks into burned out home

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Aprile 25th, 2013 -

An eyesore for the past 2 and a half years in a North Charleston neighborhood has residents wanting something done about it.

A home in the Woodington II subdivision was heavily damaged by fire in November of 2010 and remains boarded up and with visible smoke damage.

Paul Kowacich is part of the River Oaks HOA and has been attempting  to resolve the issue with little progress. "A lot of neighbors are upset the house is in this condition and there appears to be no movement on getting it corrected."

Fines from the HOA haven't been paid, neither have past dues.  Kowacich says the property is in clear violation of Dorchester County ordinances under prohibited nuisances, which in part reads: "It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain or permit to be maintained any premises, including vacant lots or land, upon which any condition exists which constitutes a nuisance, health, or safety hazard"

I did talk with County Councilman George Bailey who is also upset about the lack of progress in this case.  "Dorchester County Codes and Zoning along with Dorchester County Building Codes are working to resolve this problem. I know some improvements have been made but not enough, I am keeping in touch with the agencies. The community deserves for this problem to be resolved, I am doing what I can within our laws."

The owner of the property is Tony Whitfield.  I spoke with his attorney who cited an ongoing dispute between Whitfield and an insurance company about a claim and payout.

Between HOA dues and fines, Whitfield currently owes over $2,600 in unpaid fines.

A spokesman for Dorchester County Codes & Enforcement says they are working with their attorney to determine their next step.





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