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Council asked to crack down on abandoned houses

Residents ask for action to preserve property values and clean up the town

Moorcroft's derelict and abandoned houses and trailers are again the forefront of discussion among the town's elected officials and homeowners who have to live next to these properties.

Many of these buildings are believed unsafe – gutted by fire, rodent infested, with rotting holes in the roof and floor, etc. and have continued to decay for several years with little to no interest from the owners.

At a recent meeting of the town council, resident Sam Burke, fiancé Jerry Hildeman and neighbor Arlo Long, who each live next to such a property, confronted the governing body regarding the behavior...