LETTER: Abandoned house still a problem

At the very least, this house is still very accessible to a recurring criminal element.

I just got home from work and, to my surprise, I heard voices in the back yard of the abandoned house next door to me – 32977 3rd Ave.

I ran outside to find a man, a woman, and a little boy who looks to be around eight years old inside the yard. They were walking around behind the blue fence that the district has put up, which has since been pulled back.

I said to them, “You shouldn’t be back there. That house is condemned and there are things that could definitely be harmful to you.”

The woman said, “Oh,that’s OK, we live across the alley and we wanted to check it out. We saw a guy two hours ago leaving this yard with a chandelier, so we came to see what’s up with this house.”

Now, I am to understand that we are waiting to hear about a possible sale of the property that may or may not reset the clock at 30 days before any demolition is required to be done.

Once again, I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach, worrying about my family and my home. At the very least, this house is still very accessible to a recurring criminal element. When they are in that yard, they have a clear view of our house.  We have put up with this situation for a very long time. Not only does it directly affect the value of our property, but it also has the danger of fire.

 

Mike Hamalainen

Mission

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Man in mid-20s killed in targeted shooting in Abbotsford

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

‘Compassion club’ operator loses bid to have pot-trafficking charges thrown out

Bob Woolsey of Mission argues that laws were not valid at the time of alleged offences

Location eyed for possible collector well

New estimate puts price tag of new water source at $81 million

Police investigate sexual assault of teen girl in Abbotsford

Incident occurred Wednesday night along Oriole Crescent

Bad behaviour to lead to expulsion at Abbotsford council

New rules lay out how a member can be booted from a meeting

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Giants fall in six-round shootout

Visiting Victoria squad beats Vancouver 4-3 at Langley Events Centre

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Police arrest pair after ‘high-risk vehicle takedown’

Vancouver police say replica handgun found in alleged suspects’ vehicle

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

Most Read