The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

May 11, 2014

City man thrilled to buy lot at auction

SUNBURY — Franklin Young was never a property owner before Thursday.

The 49-year-old city resident, who lives with his parents at 704 Chestnut St., was in tears as he hugged his father just moments after he bid on and won the lot next door during a city auction.

He has ideas for the lot. He wants to plant a garden. He wants to build a fire pit to barbecue chicken. He wants to construct a butcher shop for his family. He wants to help his parents and the senior citizens who live across the street at the high-rise.

“I love making people happy,” he said.

His and four other people’s purchases generated $48,500 that was collected from Thursday’s auction, which is part of a blight-fighting initiative by the city.

Thursday’s sale brings the redevelopment authority’s total auction sales to $157,834 since the authority was re-introduced. The money will go to the authority and Community Development Block Grant program fund matches.

“This is making a huge difference,” Mayor David Persing said later at a $1,000 sale at 310-312 S. Front St.

The vacant or abandoned properties, which were taken over by the city, likely would have stayed in disrepair had city officials not acted and sold them, he said.

Former owners had 10 days to respond to the code violations, or the city would begin taking legal action to acquire the properties.

Some owners addressed the issues, and some did not. Other owners could not be found, so Persing and the City Council requested the help of the Northumberland County Court to seize the properties.

Persing announced the initiative in 2012 and reinstated the Sunbury Redevelopment Authority, with code officers requiring many property owners to bring their properties to code.

All purchasers must provide plans for the redevelopment of auctioned properties to the city clerk’s office within 30 days. The city and the authority can accept or reject redevelopment plans. A 10 percent down payment will be refunded if the plans are rejected.

1
Text Only
News
  • Budd fundraising run to pass Geisinger

    MILTON — It’s “kickstands up” tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. from LT’s Tavern on Route 405 in Milton where hundreds of motorcycles will take off on a run to raise funds for the Budds, the Ohio family whose matriarch, Sharon, recovers at Geisinger Medical Center from grave injuries suffered in a rock-throwing incident two weeks ago.

    July 25, 2014

  • eyebrows.jpg Coming Sunday: Browsing for brows

    As makeup sales soar, four tips to make your eyebrows raise others'. Coming Sunday

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Attorneys seek $28G more from Line Mountain in wrestling case

    WILLIAMSPORT — The legal fee issue between the Line Mountain School District and the Beattie family, which successfully sued the district to allow seventh-grader Audriana Beattie to participate on the all-male wrestling team, is not over.

    July 24, 2014

  • Driver to police: 'Just shoot me'

    WATSONTOWN — A Turbotville man has been charged with making terroristic threats and disturbing the peace after he allegedly threatened to shoot people in a bar and said he had a weapon.

    July 24, 2014

  • New panel of officers installed by CSIU directors

    MONTANDON — A new executive team was installed at Wednesday night’s Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit meeting, as the terms of the present leadership expired this month. Act 102 of 1970, which first created 29 IUs in Pennsylvania, requires  intermediate unit directors to elect board of director officers annually in July.
     

    July 24, 2014

  • Geisinger, Highmark deal moving ahead

    DANVILLE — A five-year extension of the contract between Geisinger Health System and Highmark Inc. won’t be affected by a dispute last year over Highmark allegedly undervaluing Geisinger’s health plan and charging certain plan holders more for care at Geisinger facilities.
     

    July 24, 2014

  • Pickleball players get game on

    SUNBURY — Jan Dockey has been asking the City Council for three months to consider creating a pickleball court.
     

    July 24, 2014

  • $23 million sweep under way

    After years of finger-pointing and blame, Northumberland County officials have launched an initiative to try to collect $22.8 million in unpaid fines and restitution from what might be 14,000 cases.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mazzeo a finalist for Middletown post

    Former Sunbury police chief Steve Mazzeo is one of three finalists for the same position in a borough about 65 miles away.

    July 24, 2014

  • rundown25zope.jpg Blighted block going bye-bye in Atlas

    Nearly an entire township block in Atlas will be torn down in Mount Carmel Township, utilizing funds from Northumberland County and its Housing Authority in an effort to fight blight. Half of this block is proposed to be developed as low-income senior living units.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.