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Hinesburg ready to remove rat-infested home

(WCAX)
Published: Apr. 18, 2018 at 3:47 PM EDT
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A Hinesburg home has been classified as a public health hazard after rats were found last year. Now town officials are moving forward with getting rid of the hazard.

Hinesburg Assistant Town Administrator Joy Dubin Grossman says the owner of the home, Sheridan "Sheri" Lane, has not followed up on a court ordered mandate to address public health issues. Court paperwork says the existing structures are uninhabitable including a lack of electricity and running water.

"It's a definite concern of the town," Grossman said. "The town is working at this point to remove the home there on Gilman Road so that the health hazard at that point is abated."

Next week the town should receive results of an asbestos inspection which the state required. Those results will determine how and when the house is removed. If there is asbestos, the removal process could take longer. The plan is to take out the existing structures and cars and scrap the metal.

"The land will be returned back to as much of its normal state as possible," Grossman said.

The financial burden of the demolition and removal will fall on Lane, who is currently still living in part of the garage

"We have worked very, very hard to make sure that we can find it -- to the best of our ability -- some type of home housing for the resident," Grossman said.

Neighbors say it has been a growing problem that they hope gets fixed soon.

Town officials say they are trying to do what's right for the people of Hinesburg and the resident, while also following what the state requires.