LaJoy discussed the Code Enforcement Division’s involvement in the
inventorying of the City’s vacant buildings.
The Common Council has given the inventory a high priority and it has
become evident that it is a much greater project than expected.
Discrepancies in the present registry are becoming apparent and the
status of buildings changes frequently. The
registry is not yet complete.
Members of the Department of Fire, Emergency &
Building Services perform inspections for Code Enforcement.
The Division has recently undergone some personnel changes.
There are five building inspectors, three of whom recently joined the
office and Captain LaJoy has been with the office only a short time, as well.
Block by Block is the methodical process of taking a
detailed accounting of all buildings with the goal of improving and stabilizing
buildings that do not comply with the City’s Codes.
All City departments are involved. Department
heads meet weekly to share information. One
coordinator is responsible for gathering and distributing information and
following up on corrections. As much
is possible, correction is taking place immediately.
There are presently separate databases the
Assessor’s Office, vacant buildings, and Residential Occupancy Permits (ROP’s).
It is anticipated that all three databases will be integrated as the
information is gathered from Block-by-Block initiative. Commercial buildings are
gradually being added.
There are many multi-unit buildings that are not legal
as multiple-family dwellings and do
not have ROP’s. It can be difficult for Codes to enter buildings for the
specific purpose of determining whether this is the case.
After ROP inspection if there are violations notices
are sent to owners and a reinspection date is set.
Lots of violations end up in court.
Capt LaJoy took information about several buildings
that residents have observed as being vacant but not on the vacant building
As vacant buildings are purchased, they are required
to be registered.
Questions and comments:
The Block-by-Block has not yet reached the South End
Other cities use programs that itemize building deficiencies
by a code system.
Concern of the CANA Code Enforcement Task Force is lack of
consistency and transparency. And that
The Block By Block team is still working in the first zone.
Photographs are taken of vacant buildings.
Police Issues: Officer
Matt Montesano provided information about several crimes that have recently
occurred in uptown
Committee on University & Community Relations:
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 9.
The guest speaker will be Craig Brewer, Coordinator of Fraternity &