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EP woman: Can’t sell home with ‘alley’ through it

EAST PALESTINE — Council this week approved the first reading of an ordinance to vacate an unnamed alley that runs through the middle of a house on West Martin Street.

Council also referred the matter to the village planning commission.

Mary Coie, the resident at 900 W. Martin St., purchased the home about two years ago and was not disclosed information that there was an alley running through the property.

Coie put the home up for sale in October, and the first two people that looked at it offered full-price bids. She accepted one of the offers, and the house was up for closing on Dec. 12. However, the buyer’s closing company found out about the alley that exists only on paper.

“We had no idea,” Coie said. “We were not disclosed this information, and when we purchased it, the closing company did not catch this. East Palestine did not realize that had not been vacated or that the additions of that home are what sit on the alleyway.”

According to Council Clerk Misti Martin, the house had already been sold at least two times, and no one caught the problem prior.

Coie said that every day the house is not closed, she is losing money. In order for the buyer to hold his loan at his percentage, Coie has to pay for him to have an extension.

“Every day this does not close, we are losing a substantial amount of money,” Coie said. “I’m just here to plead that we get this taken care of as soon as possible.”

After having her retirement and moving truck all set, Coie is leaving for Florida on Jan. 27 and said she hopes to have this resolved by then. The goal of council is to have the ordinance approved by the Planning Commission and then pass it as an emergency at the next council meeting, which lands on Jan. 27.

“I know there is procedure, and I’m not trying to push procedure,” Coie said. “I just wanted to come and let you realize how much of a hardship this is on us. If we would’ve known this, it would have been taken care of before we purchased it.”

In other business, council also approved an ordinance to authorize village Manager Mark McTrustry to enter into a substitute contract with MS Consultants.

The park board has continued to have discussions regarding the installation of a disc golf program at the park. The hope is to have an application for a grant available to file with the community foundation next month. After McTrustry reviews the application, the board would like to move forward with the project and get things started sometime this year.

Council also scheduled a development committee meeting to discuss a plan for the city lake dam at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting at 7 p.m.

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