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Columbiana resolves public nuisance lawsuit

December 31, 2011
By KATIE SCHWENDEMAN - Staff Writer ( , Morning Journal News

COLUMBIANA -A lawsuit filed by the City of Columbiana earlier this year against Jason and Kristina Neapolitan has been resolved.

Common Pleas Judge C. Ashley Pike signed off this week on a judgement entry filed by Columbiana Municipal Attorney Daniel Blasdell.

According to the judgement, all money owed the city has been paid, and all liens on the Hawkins Lane property have been satisfied. The mortgage on the home has also been fully satisfied.

The city had filed the lawsuit against the Neapolitans for failing to remove debris from the property after their two-story home was destroyed by fire in 2010.

The suit called the property a public nuisance due to its condition and requested the Neapolitans or their insurance company take responsibility for the reimbursement of $2,628 the city spent to temporarily secure the property after the fire.

The case was presented before Pike in September of this year.

In early November Pike gave the city permission to demolish the remains of the home at a cost not to exceed $10,500. He also ruled in the event that their insurance company should fail to reimburse the city for all expenses incurred, the city could recover the costs by placing a lien on the property.

The court document signed this week stated the structure has been demolished and the $10,500 was paid by way of agreement between the city, the Neapolitans and their insurance company.



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