April 15, 2009 The Harrison County Board of Health earlier this month officially rescinded the order to vacate the former school building apartments in New Salisbury.
However, Tony Combs, coordinator of the health department, said the board wants to create an agreement with building owner Wayne Snyder to allow periodic inspection of the apartments by health department representatives.
The building, located at 7500 Corydon Junction Road, was declared by the board in late February to be unfit for human habitation. The move was made after officials determined three reasons per Indiana Code for the declaration, including want of repair, defects in drainage and plumbing and the existence on the premises of an unsanitary condition that is likely to cause sickness among the dwelling's occupants.
Also, staff from the Harrison County Planning and Zoning office identified 11 safety concerns at the site that needed repair that would be enforced on a new building but cannot on an existing structure.
The residents were ordered to vacate the building by March 14 unless necessary improvements were made by Snyder. Both Snyder and the residents were notified of the order via letter from the county's attorney, John E. Colin.
Upon inspection, heath department officials extended the order of vacation until April 1, when it decided to lift the order.