Franklin Working with Venango County to Solve Hoarding Problem on Elm Street

| March 22, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – The City of Franklin is well aware of the issues of hoarding happening at a house on Elm Street, according to City Code Enforcement Officer Chuck Gibbons.

(Photos of Elm Street house with hoarding issue submitted by Kyle Conn.)

A post on Facebook on Wednesday by Kyle Conn, whose mother lives next to the property, said that the woman who lives at the property “hoards trash and feeds feral cats.”

“There are pest infestations like cockroaches, mice, fleas, and ticks from wild cats,” wrote Conn.

According to Conn, his mother had talked to Gibbons, and he has emailed Gibbons but they haven’t received any satisfaction.

“I am aware of the situation,” Gibbons told exploreVenango.

“A lady who lives up there was in (my office) twice, and it is certainly an eyesore. It is quite unsightly and needs to be cleaned up.”

Gibbons said, however, the issue is more complex than just issuing a citation.

“I realize we probably aren’t moving fast enough (for the residents),” Gibbons said. “But, we have gotten a (Venango) County agency involved as well because it’s a hoarding issue.”

Gibbons said this is the third time this issue has arisen at the same location, and the issue involves an elderly woman who has what Gibbons describes as a “hoarding problem” and possibly some additional issues.

“We have protective services (from the County) involved,” Gibbons said. “We condemned that property before, and the County placed her somewhere. A joint effort was made to get the property cleaned up, and they allowed her to move back in. But, it has become a problem again.”

According to Gibbons, part of the issue is the woman’s age and the fact she might not have many resources to completely rectify the situation.

“It had gotten better for a while, but it has gotten worse again,” Gibbons said.

Gibbons said Venango County is going to send a caseworker to the women’s house in the next day or two.

“They are going to contact me after their visit,” Gibbons said. “I am even more worried about what the conditions inside the house might be like.”

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