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« on: April 06, 2019, 09:04:57 AM »

LANGTON ? One of the most troubled properties in Norfolk County is on sale for back taxes.

Potential buyers will want to take a close look at 28 Queen Street in Langton, one of nine properties advertised this week.

It can be yours for taxes, interest, penalties and administrative charges in the amount of $6,780.

But don?t be fooled by the bargain-basement price: There?s a world of contamination going on in this part of the hamlet dating back more than 30 years.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit posted this property in 2009.

A fuel spill at a former service station across the road has fouled the soil from front to back. The Ministry of the Environment has documented high levels of air-borne contaminants, including benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes.

?There is a risk of elevated levels of carcinogenic compounds in the indoor air of your premises,? Dr. Malcolm Lock, former acting Medical Officer of Health in Norfolk, said in a letter 10 years ago to former owners Arthur and Angel Dewaele.

?At this point in time with the available data, I cannot be confident that the air quality in the premises is safe or will be safe in the near future.?

At the time the house was posted, the Dewaeles were both 87 and had relocated to Cedarwood Village in Simcoe. Their children wanted the MOE to take responsibility for the situation and buy the home at fair market value.

Before the contamination was confirmed, the house had an assessed value of $154,000. That was reduced to $75,000 and more recently lowered even further to its current market value of $10,000.

As they suspected, the Dewaeles got nowhere with the MOE. The house has sat unattended since. Arthur Dewaele died in 2012. His will transferred title to wife Angel.

When she died in 2015, Angel Dewaele bequeathed her home to her children. On the advice of a lawyer, they refused to accept it. The home sits forlornly today where it has always stood, unoccupied, deteriorating inside and out, and still posted with the health notices Dr. Lock authorized in 2009.

?We wanted away from this home,? son Albert Dewaele said Friday. ?The MOE said there?s basically no way to clean it up. There?s nothing we can do. We?re out of the picture. It?s a shame.?

Norfolk has listed the property in the latest tax sale at . Under the heading ?Additional information? the county says ?Contaminant issues. For information contact H-N Health Unit.?

There is also a disclaimer regarding ?environmental matters? in county advertising.

Norfolk tax collector Sue Boughner says treasury staff covered the bases with the packaging of this property. Boughner adds that Dr. Lock?s warning regarding the property is posted on site at two locations.

?The municipality makes no representation regarding environmental or any other matters relating to the land to be sold,? she said in an email.

?Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers.?

This isn?t the first time buyers have had to watch their step with a tax sale in the local area.

Several years ago, Haldimand County offered a vacant parcel of land west of Hagersville for sale for back taxes. No where did the county mention that this land was adjacent to the site of the Hagersville Tire Fire of 1990.

Haldimand treasury staff said at the time that it is up to potential buyers to do their research and know what they are bidding on prior to making an offer. The millions of tires that burned in that disaster left a legacy of widespread environmental degradation.

The deadline for bidding for the nine properties in Norfolk is 3 p.m. April 24. Other noteworthy parcels include:

The former Delhi Solac industrial property on Waverly Street in Delhi. Bidding for the 3.7-acre property ? which has an assessed value of $1.27 million ? starts at $418,527.
A vacant storefront at 44 Robinson St. in downtown Simcoe. Bidding starts at $50,351. The assessed value of the two-storey building is $189,250.
A one-acre industrial property at 380 Second Ave. W. in Simcoe. The minimum bid on this property ? which has an assessed value of $159,000 ? is $40,980.
Five other parcels consist of vacant land in Port Dover, Delhi, Bill?s Corners west of Simcoe, the former Houghton Township and the former Windham Township.

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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2019, 07:46:40 PM »

  Everyone on this board, member or visitor, owes you a beer, at least, and let your liver beware.  Thank you.

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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2019, 08:08:35 PM »

Thanks Pfm.....sounds like a real steal....we should send Dave a private message about this great deal and see if we can get him hooked on it, he might even be good for that beer.  Cool

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2019, 05:00:11 AM »

Thanks Pfm.....sounds like a real steal....we should send Dave a private message about this great deal and see if we can get him hooked on it, he might even be good for that beer.  Cool

Sorry Frank no beer from me:

there were better opportunities in Windsor getting a residential property for you.
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