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Merrimack Valley

November 26, 2012

Bankruptcy slows attempt to deal with Andover woman's properties

ANDOVER — A woman with two homes in town has filed for bankruptcy protection, slowing town efforts to deal with conditions at her properties.

Susan Odle, who owns property at 116 Osgood St. and 38 Michael Way, has long been the subject of court action after the town and the Abbot’s Pond Condominium Trust, a condominium association on Michael Way, tried to get her property cleaned up.

Late last year, Odle’s Michael Way property was condemned. After it was cleaned out, trash bags from her Michael Way property started appearing in front of her Osgood Street home.

The town has been working to get the Osgood Street site cleaned up with the Attorney General’s Office, but the bankruptcy filing will slow down their efforts, according to town Health Director Tom Carbone.

“My understanding is when you file for bankruptcy protection, all of your assets are essentially frozen,” Carbone said. “That’s put on there so the person filing can’t try to pay off just one person. It’s supposed to give them an opportunity to recognize or set up a payment plan.”

Meanwhile, Odle has moved back into her Michael Way home. The Board of Health recently received a letter from the condominium association asking for advice.

“They were notifying the town that there seems to be some activity there, and they were looking for us to take action,” Carbone said. “They’re making some assumptions. They may be right assumptions, but we would never take action on assumptions.”

The town is currently “in a holding pattern” in addressing the problems on Osgood Street, though “conditions out there have not changed.”

Odle couldn’t be reached for comment.

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