Concerns raised about property conditions in Flora

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FLORA, Ind. (WLFI) – Some residents in a Carroll County town are unhappy about the conditions of some properties.

The town of Flora is home to more than 2,000 people. Over the past couple of months, some residents have voiced concerns about the condition of some properties in town.

Town Council President Josh Ayers said some of those concerns include zoning and the aesthetics of the properties.

“We continue to keep close eye on this situation and make sure that things progress in a positive manner, as much as we can control,” said Ayers.

Paul Rider is a contractor and owns the properties that have raised concerns. While he declined an on-camera interview, he said he’s well aware of the concerns.

Right now, Rider owns seven properties throughout Flora, and said he’s working diligently to rehabilitate the properties to be future rentals. He has been provided a copy of the town’s public nuisance ordinance, and Rider said he understands there are some issues that need to be addressed.

He wants to assure he’s doing everything he can to make things right and wishes those with worries would speak with him directly.

Ayers said he’s glad to see the properties become livable again, but he wants to make sure things are done the right way.

“I’m always concerned about any resident who has any kind of complaint or any kind of concern, and I’ll always follow up wind to that,” Ayers said. “And I have in this case and it seems to me that Mr. Rider is taking these properties that weren’t livable and making them livable; and while some may not agree with his methods, I think we’re moving forwards and not backwards.”

As far as a time frame, Ayers said the town doesn’t have an ordinance that addresses construction completion dates.

So, as for right now.

“I think that all we can do is hope that he makes good on all of his promises,” said Ayers. “That he completes these projects and puts a renter in these houses that adds to our society and not take away from it.”

Ayers said he welcomes residents to come voice their concerns at town council meetings, which are held on the first Monday of every month.