City council members voted to declare the house a public nuisance, cutting off water to the residence for the next six months. The council ordered the house locked, with signs posted that warn trespassers they will be prosecuted.
The owner has six months to repair the house and make it habitable, but city staff members said the woman has told them she can't afford to fix it. The council wants an update on the property in six months.
“We can come back and ask that the property be condemned if nothing is done,” said Linda Price, the city's revitalization manager.