ORIENT, Ohio (AP) — Apparently, making a village disappear is more difficult than it looks.
Although it’s been nearly a year and a half since the residents of Orient voted to dissolve the central Ohio village, little has been done toward that end.
Residents of the village southwest of Columbus voted to allow the land, along with its 88 homes and 200 residents, to be absorbed by surrounding Scioto Township.
But The Columbus Dispatch reports that a required state audit still hasn’t been done and properties are being neglected. With the village status unresolved, there’s no one around to enforce any maintenance or zoning codes.
The state auditor’s office says the process couldn’t start until certain things were done at the local level, and some of those didn’t happen until recently.