Pataskala City Council scheduled a special meeting for Monday, Jan. 24, to consider taking over the title to a foreclosed doublewide trailer at 51 Depot St.

Pataskala City Council scheduled a special meeting for Monday, Jan. 24, to consider taking over the title to a foreclosed doublewide trailer at 51 Depot St.

Mayor Steve Butcher had urged council to take action on the property, which, he said, was a nuisance.

"This is a blighted property, and it didn't meet the eligibility of the federal program we used, which allowed us to seek the removal of numerous blighted homes across the city," Butcher said, adding that a fire-damaged, red-brick home on state Route 310, just south of the city, had been removed under the federal program.

Despite the lack of federal funding, Butcher said, getting rid of the mobile home would be a minimum cost to the city.

"There are no available funds in the (federal) Neighborhood Stabilization Program," city administrator Tim Boland said.

Dianne Harris, the city's planning and zoning director, said the forfeiture is to the mobile home only, not the real property on which it sits.

"It's sitting there in a sort of limbo," Harris said. "The person who owns the land is not anxious to expend the funds to demolish the structure. They declined to bid on it when it was offered, and no one else bid on it. That is why it's being offered to public entities for a forfeiture sale. Because it has been such a problem for code enforcement, I wanted the city to be aware it was there. But at the same time, if the city were to exercise the option for the forfeiture, the city would have to expend its own funds to remove or demolish the structure."

Harris said there was a question whether spending public funds would benefit the property owner, who might be required to demolish the structure.

"The property is not going to get better," Butcher said. "It's going to continue to deteriorate and continue to be a zoning-violation issue."

Boland said the city did not have cost estimates for the demolition of the mobile home.

"The floors are so warped from water infiltration that it's created little ponds and fallen through in some places," council member Dan Hayes said. "There are foundation holes where it appears animals are living in the house. It's a problem."

Council will meet at 7 p.m. in chambers, 621 W. Broad St.