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January 14, 2014

Riverside board shoots down property owner's repair schedule

RIVERSIDE — Borough council members declined a schedule of repairs offered by the owner 302 Gearhart Street due to the plan’s lack of a timeframe for improvements.

“It was incomplete,” said council president John Novak of the letter. “We want a timeframe where they’re going to do something. As of right now, we haven’t received that, one that spells things out.”

The property is owned by a Shirley O’Neill, according to borough secretary Deb Bausch. O’Neill is one of several property owners in Riverside who have been asked by the borough to bring their properties in compliance with municipal zoning codes.

The council is willing to work with O’Neill but she needs to offer a timeframe that the borough can pass along to zoning officer Jackie Hart, Novak said.

The council wants a firm date as to when she would put the house up for sale but O’Neill’s letter only relates that she hopes to have the house sold by next summer. “That’s not acceptable at this point,” Bausch said.

The property is currently in very poor shape. “It’s not even inhabitable right now … it has not been lived in for a number of years,” Novak said. The structure is in poor repair and animals are starting to inhabit it.

O’Neill is currently removing property and other items out of the house, Bausch said.

Other blighted properties the borough has requested improvements upon are 305 Third St., 101 Elysburg Rd., 196 D&H Ave. and 1112 Ave. F. “Most of them are getting in line in where they need to be,” Bausch said.

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