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Zombie Homes Petition

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If you see a woman wearing a teal wind breaker walking up and down the streets of Minot,

she's not just getting some exercise, she is trying to save the city.

With her she carries a petition,

asking the city council for more immediate action to help cure communities of abandon left to rot flood properties,

also known as Minot's zombie homes.

Bonnie Campo takes us to Eastwood Park to speak with the woman who will stop at nothing to rescue neighbors in need.

It's been three years since the Mouse River Flood, and close to 300 homes remain untouched. Lianne Zeltinger decided that was too long, and in March began documenting those properties. After presenting her findings to the City Engineer, and seeing no action, she is now seeking a new kind of support.

(Lianne Zeltinger, Petition Organizer) "It was suggested the only way I was going to do that was to show I wasn't the only one so I started a petition. I, personally, in a week and a half have gotten 250 signatures, which to me is pretty good."

But she isn't alone. In her quest for support Zeltinger met Jennifer Galdean .Who has since collected around fifty signatures on her own because she wants those moving to Minot to see it's really a beautiful city.

(Jennifer Galdean, Petition Organizer) "I think for the safety of our children, I think it's really important that they're not inhaling mold and stuff like that, and they can play outside and feel comfortable. The boarded up houses make our neighborhood look really trashy."

Zeltinger also knocked at Bill Dennis' residence. He owns 3 properties that were flooded back in 2011, and said he immediately hired some help to fix each one as fast as possible.

(Bill Dennis, Signed Petition) "Worked with my contractor everyday, ten hours a day till we got done. That's what it takes. You can't sit and pout about it. You just got to get your boots on and go to work."

Even though Zeltinger braves the cold in her mesh Nike tennis shoes she is no stranger to standing up for what she believes is right.

(Lianne Zeltinger, Petition Organizer) "They all want something done. Either they have a house next door, a house across the street, they drive by a home everyday that is in disrepair, they are near a home that is smelly because food and belongs are still in there."

Even if you wanted to move, it's hard to escape these Zombie Homes.

(Bill Dennis, Signed Petition) "It affects the property next door to them, as far as if somebody wanted to sell. It's not good for our city. Nothing will get done unless somebody gets on board and creates and interest and get the city to get going."

(Lianne Zeltinger, Petition Organizer) "If I could just have everybody come to the auditorium, and sign at one time, I think I'd have 1,000 signatures. But, it's hard work walking around and getting them, but it's worth it."

Both women continue to contact city council to be placed on the upcoming agenda. Together they have already found about 400 people to sign on the dotted line. In Minot, Bonnie Campo, KX News.

To learn more about the petition you can visit facebook.com/groups/minotzombiehomes.

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