Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Shutoff notices alarm residents

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MONROE - Residents of the largest apartment complex in the city complained Tuesday that notices were posted on the property announcing that water and sewer services would soon be shut off because the out-of-town management company had not paid a $20,000-plus bill.

But Phoenix-based Exeter Management, which purchased the 140-unit Monroe Terrace and Old Street Terrace complex last year, claim they acted quickly Tuesday and worked out a payment plan with the city of Monroe that will mean no interruption of utility services.

City officials, however, said that's news to them and they have had no contact with Exeter officials.

Monroe Terrace resident Sharon Pondo said the two apartment complexes are littered with dead animals and that numerous apartments are vacant.

"The stench from the dead animals and the animal waste is bad. There's a mold issue in some apartments and there are missing light switches, plugs and things spark from the outlets all the time," said Pondo.

She and other residents took their concerns and complaints to city officials Tuesday after residents were told that utility disconnection notices were left on the doors of apartments but were quickly removed by local employees of Exeter Management.

Pondo said she was pleased with the quick response by city officials, who will be conducting fire safety inspections and have also enlisted the help of the Butler County Board of Health to check for health violations.

John Wanek, president of Exeter, said a payment plan had been worked out Tuesday to cover the more than $20,000 water and sewer bill owed the city.

City officials decided not to disconnect the services and instead are attempting to contact Exeter officials, said acting City Manager William Brock.

He added that city inspectors soon will be examining the property.


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