Thank you to Times-News Managing Editor Jan Alderton and City Editor Debbie Meyer for listening to my concerns of a blighted property at the end of the 200 block of Grand Avenue.

As I walked my old neighborhood this Labor Day holiday I was disgraced by this terrible and dangerous house standing — how I don’t know. The house is owned by a mortgage company out of town. City council meetings attended and neighborhood petitions signed have been to no avail. No effort from the city to take pictures and fine the mortgage company has been made that I am aware.

The eyesore has three-foot-tall grass and knee-deep trash and definitely is not structurally sound. Rotting furniture also is on the property.

We citizens who do our best  would have hefty fines by the city for this. Please, it only takes one idea, one vision, one action to make a change. No one is above the law — not even out-of-town mortgage companies and landlords.

Remember, the election is soon. Do what our signs say: "Let's beautify Cumberland." People do care. Thank you.

P.S. Not reported to the public was a fire in the building with a meth lab a few months ago. Protect our citizens. Take action now.

Kathy Rummer

Cumberland

 

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