To be fair, I'm sure Mike Bell did not order the crew to the house.
This strikes me more as a city employee that could use a truck, got a few friends, and ransacked a vacant house. That, to me, smacks more of the misuse, abuse, and entitlement seen in the "Dept. of Neighborhoods" scandal earlier this year. If you remember, city property wasn't locked up, was stolen, other items missing, people couldn't be bothered to show up to work on time, etc. Sounds like a similar situation here.
Is someone working at the city related to the deceased? How did the "crew" have access to the house? Did the deceased have other family...and why aren't we hearing from them? Didn't the property pass on to them...and aren't they responsible (somewhat) for maintaining the property?
I swear...if you see anything unusual in your neighborhood, take your handy dandy smartphone and take a minute or two of footage or pictures...because you know this investigation is going nowhere. It's the neighbors word against the city and the city says "nope, we never sent anyone there".
Lastly, if shit has been in the street for a month, why don't the neighbors (who know the house is empty and the owner deceased) "flash mob" the damn place and at least clean up the front yard. Probably take a couple hours...and then they wouldn't have to care if the place fell in upon itself. Legally, probably not "right"...but hell, if you're living next to a garbage pile that (as noted in the article) could harm people and animals, why not just round up some folks and pitch the mold infested couch, boards, etc.?