Police Jury sets date to knock down home

Leo Rosenberger has until Feb. 16 to tear down an old green abandoned house he owns on North State Street, or the Police Jury will do it for him and bill him.

A public hearing was held at Monday night’s Police Jury meeting to talk about the house at 1914 North Street. The public meeting was to let Rosenberger explain to the Police Jury was his future plans are for the property/

Rosenberger did not attend the meeting, however, he sent attorney Paul Moresi a letter explaining to the jury his plans.

The letter said that Rosenberger contracted someone to demolish the house. Moresi said in the letter it states that contractors are waiting for the ground to dry to place heavy equipment on it.

Moresi said he would let the Police Jury know when the demolition is complete.

For years, the Police Jury has tried to get Rosenberger to clean up the property but over time, it fell on deaf ears.

The Police Jury passed a ordinance which allows it to step in and clean up the property itself and then send the landowner the bill. If the bill is not paid, the jury could place a lien on the property.

For the last five years, juror Wayne Touchet has been trying to get Rosenberger to clean the property. He said if the work is not done by Feb 16, “I could have a contractor on site to do the job. We already have quotes on the job. All we have is give it to the contractor with the lowest bid if the work is not done by then.”

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