Press-Republican

July 4, 2013

Your Town: Crown Point: Rundown properties must be cleaned

BY LOHR McKINSTRY Press-Republican
Press-Republican

---- — CROWN POINT — The Town of Crown Point has started targeting rundown and trash-littered properties for cleanup.

Town Supervisor Charles Harrington said Code Enforcement Officer William Ball has been instructed to issue citations to property owners under the town’s Unsafe Structure Law.

At a recent Town Council meeting, Harrington said Ball has cited three property owners so far and that those individuals have assured the town that they will be taking action.

Two more property owners will be cited next, Harrington said, with others to follow.

He said Town Attorney Cathi Radner, with approval of the Town Council, will prosecute any cases as necessary in Town Justice Court if people fail to comply with the cleanup or repair orders.

One residence on Creek Road has bags of garbage piled on the porch, the supervisor said, and those are attracting rodents. He said the Town Council can act as a Town Board of Health, if needed, to order cleanup of the trash there.

Radner told the council there are alternative actions that can be followed in all cases to correct situations. One is that the town can clean a property and add the cost to property taxes for the parcel.

Ball will continue with his cleanup sweep over the next few weeks, Harrington said.

OTHER ACTION

Community garden: The Town Council gave Harrington permission to sign an agreement with Essex County Public Health Department to receive a $5,000 grant to create a community garden for Crown Point. The money will come from a state Creating Healthy Places grant.

New shrubs: Town Beautification Committee was given the OK to remove dead plants at the Town Park and replace them with bridal-veil shrubs.

The next council meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com