From the Supervisor – April 2016
Since taking office, I have made it a top priority to take a good town and make it great once again. At the February Town Board meeting, I put forth a proposed amendment that would change our Town’s Code when dealing with vacant and abandoned structures. This amendment solidifies my promise to every resident, business and family that calls Greece their home that we will not tolerate the decay of any vacant and abandoned structures in our town. It is my commitment in fostering continued pride in our community and our neighborhoods that we are taking an aggressive approach in dealing with these vacant and abandoned properties.
The proposed amendment would create another strong tool for our Town Code enforcement department to address and enforce the existing property maintenance code and provide additional oversight and stricter fines on vacant structures in our town. The new amendment would require any bank or lender who commences a foreclosure proceeding in the Town to give prompt notice and provide a cash bond in the amount of no less than $10,000, to secure the continued maintenance and safety of the property. To ensure compliance, failure to comply with this requirement would be punishable by a fine of $5,000. Additionally, the proposed amendment would create increased penalties for owners of vacant and abandoned structures that are repeatedly noncompliant with the existing Property Maintenance Code and would require owners to provide notice of such vacancy and up-to-date contact information.
Recently at our March Town Board meeting, we conducted a public hearing on this proposed amendment and provided an opportunity for the public to come and address the Town Board with any issue that they have had when dealing with vacant and abandoned properties. After a constructive discussion and good input from our local residents, the Town Board decided to extend the public hearing to our next Town Board meeting Monday April 18, 2016 to allow additional input from the community.
If passed, this newly proposed amendment would effectively be the strongest effort by any local municipality in Monroe County to combat the problems associated with vacant structures or zombie properties. As always, I enjoy hearing feedback from every resident, so please do not hesitate to contact my office regarding this proposed amendment and providing your input.