RIVERSIDE — Members of Riverside’s borough council have renewed the contract of Danville’s codes administrator so she can continue the fight against blighted properties in the borough.
The contract is identical to its form last year, which is $3500 for 50 hours of service, borough secretary Deb Bausch said.
This month, Riverside entered into its second year of trying to find a resolution to the blighted properties. Four such properties exist in the borough, at addresses 1112 Avenue F, 302 Gearhart, 196 D&H Avenue, 101 Elysburg Road and 305 Third Street.
It is common for such solutions to take this long said Jackie Hart, Danville codes administrator.
“You really have to assess the issues and make sure you have the proper documentation,” she said.
“Everyone has a different story,” such as health issues preventing clean-up of properties, she said. It’s important for the borough to understand why things are happening the way they are and follow proper legal procedure. It can be time consuming to follow the property maintenance code, but it’s ultimately the only way to accomplish their goal, she said.
A fifth property, located 305 Third Street, has made significant improvements since being notified of its violations last year, Hart said. “Our Third Street property has really gotten their maintenance under control. … Everything is really looking very nice,” she said.
Riverside will receive a new report on Hart’s progress at an upcoming borough council meeting.
Currently, Riverside has been sending out courtesy notices of code violations, which give the property owner 15 days to contact the borough with plans for blight abatement, Hart said. If they don’t respond in those 15 days, they will incur a violation notice which will give them the chance to appeal the decision to the property hearing board.
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