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Feb 26, 2013 10:06 AM by AP

Gonzales council delays move on blighted property

GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Gonzales City Council has decided to wait before calling a "grave public emergency" regarding a dilapidated dwelling just blocks from City Hall.

Jerry Self, a city building official, told the council Monday night that a recent inspection of the house showed "rot and decay throughout the structure."

In addition, he said, there were exposed electrical wires, no running water and feces on the floor.

Self recommended that the house be condemned and demolished. However, City Attorney Ryland Percy said he was concerned the city was moving too quickly.

Percy recommended that the city hire an attorney to track down the rightful owners of the property, and make sure they are part of the condemnation process.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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