Mint Hill Commissioners have passed a resolution to ensure that a burned-out house in the Farmwood subdivision of Mint Hill will be demolished, but no one is sure when that will happen.

That s because the house is believed to contain asbestos and possibly lead paint and other potentially hazardous chemicals

There is no defined time line. It depends on how long it takes to discover the level of hazardous materials in and around the house, and how long it will take specialists to remove those materials, said Mint Hill commissioner Tina Ross.

The house, at 7200 Pine Lake Lane, is owned by Asha and Jiten Pandya. The structure burned Jan. 1, 2010, sustaining serious roof, structural and water damage, but no repairs were made. The house was vacated and allowed to deteriorate.

After numerous complaints from neighbors, the town got involved.

After visits and citations by the town and the county, the Mecklenburg County Housing Code Administrator has determined the house violates the town s minimum housing code and has ordered it demolished.

Mecklenburg County inspectors say a demolition permit has been issued to the owner, who is planning to demolish the structure down to the foundation and rebuild from there. In case the owner doesn t follow through, commissioners have passed their own demolition ordinance so they can take the house down if necessary.

If that were to happen, the town would place a lien on the property so that when it was sold, the town would recoup the demolition costs.

Garbage pickup

Holiday closings over the next two weeks will alter garbage and recycling schedules in all three southern Mecklenburg towns.

In Matthews, Republic will operate on a regular schedule on Christmas Eve, but will not collect trash on Christmas Day. They will operate on a one day delay beginning Dec. 26. Republic will operate on a regular schedule on New Year s Eve and New Year s Day.

In Mint Hill, RCS will run a normal pickup schedule on Dec. 24, but households that normally receive services Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, will receive those services one day later. No yard waste will be picked up this week.

RCS will run on a normal schedule on Dec. 31, but will run one day delayed for the rest of that week as well.

In Pineville, Signature Waste will move garbage pickup from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27. The next week, garbage pickup will be moved from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3.

Recycling also will be delayed one day from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4.

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