Thursday, May 7, 2009
City pursues cleanup of lots
By SUE WATSON
The City of Holly Springs held a public hearing at the April 21 board meeting to deal with three residential lots and one commercial property that it wants cleaned up.
Zoning administrator Felicia Autry said Richard Delbridge, over the old compress building that is falling down, requested a four-month extension to get the lot cleaned up. The board approved the extension provided Delbridge is able to show progress every two weeks on the clean-up to Autry.
Of the three house lots which were under consideration for lot clean-up orders, Autry said only one owner responded to a certified letter from zoning. The owners of the Anna Hardaway Pegues property on Rising Star Road requested and the board approved a 60-day extension to finish the cleanup of an old house and lot, provided the responsible parties report progress every two weeks during the extension.
The board of aldermen approved lot clean-up orders for two additional lots where the owners did not respond to certified letters putting them on notice to remove dilapidated structures.
The board condemned a structure at 160 N. Randolph owned by Teri B. Jackson and a lot clean-up order was put in place, Autry said.
A third lot, the Katie Morris estate, with Albert Morris in charge of the property on West Street, was condemned by action of the board and a lot clean-up order was put in place.
Autry said the city tries to work with property owners who have lots that are condemnable and would endanger the health and public welfare. At times the properties are involved in litigation disputes over ownership, but once the legal issues over ownership has been cleared the city works with the owners to get the lots cleaned off.
The board has been in discussion on the clean-up of the old compress lot for several years, she said.
Three other lots on Park Avenue were cleaned up through cooperation of the owners with zoning office last year, Aurty said.
“We still have some lots needing clean-up and are trying to work with the owners,” she said.
Autry said the city is now working on getting three lots on N. Memphis Street cleaned up.
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