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Georgetown Co. officials weigh in on house cleanup

Progress on the house started almost eight months ago with the adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code. Progress on the house started almost eight months ago with the adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code.

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) - Georgetown officials say cleanup at a home in Pawleys Island is almost complete after years of complaints.

Neighbors said they have seen much improvement at the house over the past few months, but they are concerned the work is at a standstill because of a dumpster left behind.

The Georgetown County Planning Department said the dumpster is expected to be removed in the next few days. Homeowner Eddie Myers said, "Neighbors are pretty much fed up with it and would like it removed, get the project over with and gone."

Boyd Johnson, the Director of Planning and Code Enforcement in Georgetown County said he was flooded with calls from neighbors asking for something to be done.

Johnson stated, "Everything like clothing and food and that type of thing. Animals were going in and out. Eventually there was a hole in the roof so it did become a structural issue, water started getting in...mold was growing."

Johnson said progress on the house started almost eight months ago with the adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code. Johnson added, "Finally we wrote a citation which is a misdemeanor, like a traffic ticket, which could go up to 500 dollars penalty. We did go in front of the local magistrate, Judge Dan Ferr and he agreed with the county that it was a violation of the code."

Since then the current homeowner has spent thousands of dollars cleaning up the place. Johnson went on to explain, "We did treat this very compassionately because again we were dealing with somebody in Beaufort and dealing with a situation where there was a lot of material what you and I might call junk."

WMBF News did try to contact the owner of the property, but our phone call was not returned. Many neighbors are thankful for the work that has been done, but they are ready to see it complete. Myers stated, "It's taken forever to get it taken care of...the repairs on the house that needed some serious attention for the neighbors and all. The dumpster has been sitting there for an extended period of time."

Johnson said he expects the dumpster to be removed in the next few days. Johnson added, "There is a tiny bit of yard work to be done in the rear and as soon as that is done that dumpster will be removed."

Some neighbors are concerned the house will go back to its former state, but officials plan to keep an eye on the situation.

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