Tuesday, June 06, 2000

Doctors take step to save trashy house

Expert: Mold can be cleaned

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The two doctors accused of trashing their former Anderson Township home complied with a deadline Monday by submitting a report that may save their house from demolition.

        Drs. Jerry and Pamela Silver, through their attorney, delivered the report to county health officials that includes testimony from a certified industrial hygienist claiming their once filth-ridden house can be safely cleaned of deadly mold.

        Last month the Silvers, who now live in Owensville, Clermont County, were ordered by the Hamilton County Health Commissioner to supply such a report if they wanted to save their former home at 5986 Crittenden Drive.

        Hamilton County Health Commissioner Tim Ingram condemned the house on April 12 after health inspectors found evidence of rodents and raccoons living there. Tons of filth — includ ing medical equipment and records — have since been removed from the house.

        Air monitoring must be done after cleanup by Aug. 1 unless the hygienist wants more time. If mold growth cannot be abated, the agreement with county health officials calls for the Silvers to demolish the house. Health officials fear that the molds could sicken anyone who inhaled them.

        Mr. Ingram said that since the Silvers' attorney attended a health board meeting last month where the orders for certified hygienist were issued, the two doctors “have been cooperative.”

        “I've never seen a house that has been so trashed. This is the strangest case I've ever seen,” Mr. Ingram said.

        He said a decision whether to allow a cleanup of the Anderson Township home to proceed will likely be made next week after he has reviewed the Silvers' submitted report.


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