County board moves forward on properties

The Warren County Redevelopment Authority is moving forward with plans to assume conservatorship of some properties. In other cases, the authority is allowing additional time to owners who have shown a willingness to make progress.

At Tuesday morning’s meeting, Solicitor Andrea Stapleford advised the board that she has sent deed papers to Wanda Miller, who owns 10 Railroad St., Clarendon, and Joseph Johnson, who owns an adjacent property.

“We’re just waiting for those to be returned,” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll get the transfer accomplished.”

John Filiatrault II signed the deed to the 106 Hall St., Sheffield, property to the authority. Stapleford said she is prepared to record the deed, but was checking on the insurance status of the authority. There are parties interested in the property, she said.

In the case of the Emily Hecei property at 2393 E. Fifth Ave. in Glade Township, the authority needs only a financial plan to move forward. “The house can be saved,” authority member Jamie Steffan said.

“The roof looks straight,” county planner Dan Glotz said. “The foundation looks pretty good. I think the biggest issue is the sewer system.”

That repair could cost $10,000 to $15,000, Glotz said.

Authority member Terry Hawk said the property would be “marketable” with a working sewer system.

The authority doesn’t end up owning property when it becomes conservator. “In conservatorship we’re in charge,” Stapleford said. But the group works with the court system to remove blight – demolish buildings or contract for improvements – and get property back on the tax rolls.

Authority members said they were please by progress made at the 119 and 121 Front St., Glade Township, properties owned by Rudolph Manelick.

An attorney representing a buyer interested in the Passinger property at 102 Cottage Place, Pine Grove Township, is working with Stapleford.

The owner of the DiPierro property on Route 6 in Sheffield Township has offered to make repairs to bring the structure out of blight and has asked the authority for advice.

“He wants to know exactly what he has to do to remove the blight,” Hawk said.

The authority considered the recommendation provided by Sheffield Township that the structure needs a new roof, new siding, and all new windows and doors.

“We need to address blight, not maintenance,” authority Chairman John Zavinski said.

“There are sections of the roof that are missing,” Steffan said. “The exterior of the building is in poor condition, primarily the siding and roof.”

A secondary structure on the Jack and Jennifer Hackley property at 101 Hall St., Sheffield, “was to be torn down by the end of May,” Glotz said.

That structure was still standing Tuesday. Stapleford said she would send a letter to the owners.

Owner Judyth Smith is working with the authority with regard to the 463 Pleasant Drive, Pleasant Township, property.

Only the 121 Farm Lane, Pleasant Township, property is causing the authority problems.

Because the blighted mobile home owned by Tonya Elletson and the property it sits on are owned by different people, authority members are unsure who is responsible for the blight.

According to Stapleford, the urban redevelopment law is unclear and “there’s no case law directly on point.”

The situation could be handled under the motor vehicle code, if the land owner acts, she said.

Glotz said the owner contacted the assessment office to have the use of the property changed to storage. That changed was made.

However, according to the zoning law, it should not have been.

“Mobile homes shall not be used as storage units in residential districts,” Glotz read from the zoning law.

“Whatever we decide to do next, we should address it to both parties,” Stapleford said.