"Health hazard" home case headed to court



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Posted on April 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 5:24 PM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- A trial date on a public nuisance charge against the owner of an abandoned home on English River Loop and Black Kettle is set for April 25.

Neighbors have been complaining for years about the condition of the mold-infested home. The roof flaps in the wind. Windows are busted, and it smells. Neighbors have watched the abandoned home deteriorate over four years.

"This is a fire hazard. It's a health hazard," said Pam Phillips.

Phillips attended a Williamson County hearing in January where the homeowner was given 30 days to clean the home up, but nothing was done. The block house municipal utility district has also worked without resolve on this issue.

The homeowner, Nancy Belay, told KVUE over the phone that this weekend she is getting a dumpster and will empty the contents. She says hail damaged the roof in 2008 and 2010. Damages were covered by insurance, but in the midst of her divorce, Belay's ex- husband took the coverage check.

"I took him to court. I have four judgments against him to bring it back," said Belay.

Belay wants to keep her house and says she's sorry for the effects her situation has had on the neighborhood. Neighbors say they do feel for the homeowner, but want the house demolished.

The new constable in Precinct 3 of Williamson County, Kevin Stofle, took office less than 30 days ago. He says since becoming aware of this home, it has become high priority and that he has the environmental crimes unit working on it.