Panel still working on a number of properties

bklein@timesobserver.com

The Miller property in Clarendon Borough isn’t the only property on the Warren County Redevelopment Authority’s list.

The authority also discussed the Emily Hecei property on E. Fifth Avenue in Glade Township.

Warren County Redevelopment Authority Solicitor Andrea Stapleford said she hasn’t discussed the property with the owner since the last authority meeting, but progress is being made on the property.

“She’s continuing to make progress…she’s working on it,” Stapleford said.

The property reportedly had problems with sewage and the Glade Township supervisors started the blighted process in August 2012. “I think we’ll have to review it, but probably as soon as the sewer is addressed we’ll take it off our agenda,” authority member Terry Hawk said.

The Michelle Hoover property, formerly the John Filiatrault property, at 106 Hall St., Sheffield Township, is making progress, Stapleford said. Since receiving a letter from the authority in April, the exterior has been cleaned, the basement has been drained, and new windows and doorways should be installed by the end of the month, she said.

“As soon as the house looks livable, the windows and doors are in it, we can remove that (from the list),” Hawk said.

The Tonya Elletson property on Farm Lane in Pleasant Township includes a trailer, and the property it sits on has overdue taxes dating to 2012, Stapleford told the authority in April.

Authority member Dan Glotz said a family member expects to have debris from the property removed in about a month.

Stapleford said she had visited the property where family members had been burning debris from the home and a neighbor had complained about the smell.

“I don’t know if that’s something we try to address somehow with our rules and regulations,” she said.

“I think you almost need to leave that up to the municipalities,” authority member Paul Pascuzzi said. “The redevelopment authority is here to remove blight or redevelop properties.”

“Pleasant is definitely on that,” Hawk said. “Our goal is almost met; in fact, technically it is met.”

Judyth Smith, the owner of the blighted property at 463 Pleasant Dr., told the authority in April she and her husband David had intended to tear the building down for years, had multiple family medical issues that prevented progress and would contact a contractor the following Monday.

Pascuzzi said he drove by the property and saw no improvement.

“I think at the very least by our next meeting we need a progress report or we’ll take definite action ourselves,” Hawk said.

Pam Matve said she would send a letter to Smith telling her the authority needs to see improvement on the property before she attends the next meeting on July 15.

The final property on the list, 819 Cider Mill Hill Rd. owned by Frances Matsock, was given a June deadline to make progress on the property and the authority will begin to begin conservatorship of the property, Hawk said. The authority will also ask Matsock about allowing the Russell Volunteer Fire Department to burn the structure for training.

“I think we have to; it will go on for three years if we don’t start now,” he said.