Trenton Building and Nuisance Board grants extensions due to cold weather

Trenton Building and Nuisance Board

Citing winter weather conditions, Trenton’s Building and Nuisance Board last night granted several extensions of time for exterior work to be done on properties of concern.

Following public hearings, 90-day extensions were granted at 409 East 19th, 812 Grant, 813 Olive, and 2002 Chicago Street.

After review for the “findings of fact” phase, 90-day extensions were granted at 302 East 7th Street, 1312 Gilmore, and 1011 Custer Street. Each of the extensions means the board will re-evaluate concerns at an April 22nd meeting. Advancing from declaration of a nuisance to public hearing was 1802 Carnes and advancing from public hearing to findings of fact was 510 West Crowder Road.

The board voted to issue a certificate for a dangerous building at 200 West 7th Street. Building Inspector Donnie Vandevender said a letter of intent has been signed for the house to be listed for future demolition unless the owner sells it in the meantime. Also advancing to a certificate of a dangerous building was 212 West 7th Street.

The new owner of 509 Jackson was allowed to have electricity turned on to allow for roof repairs. He was told a building permit will still be required. Vandevender recognized the new owner of 725 West 17th Street, Mark Koenig, for cleanup work as well as improvements being planned.

With two other structures that have been processed through municipal court, Vandevender and City Administrator Ron Urton announced an addition to their letter of intent portion of the demolition program. The new section says the owner is responsible for 100 percent of the hazardous materials inspection fee and all abatement costs. That work is to be completed prior to acceptance into the city of Trenton demolition program.

For others who have not been taken to court, the letter of intent remains as it has been. The city agrees to pay half of the demolition costs up to $1,750 per location. The owner is responsible for their 50% share and all costs exceeding $3,500. The owner also pays all of the costs for hazardous materials inspection and abatement.