Several of the multiple code violations at 46 Union Street are plainly visible from the sidewalk, so you have to wonder why the Code Enforcement Officer hasn’t issued an appearance ticket to the landlord.
From the sidewalk, you can clearly see one of the piles of wood stacked against the unpainted garage. You can also see the pickup truck and one of the two trailers parked on the grass in the back yard. When the truck drives away, you can also see another stack of wood piled against the unpainted fence at the back of the property.
These are clear violations of section 58-35.K of the Village Code.
Chapter 58 ZONING
§ 58-35.5. Exterior standards.
The exterior of the premises and the condition of structures shall be maintained so that the premises and buildings shall reflect a level of maintenance in keeping with the standards of the community and shall not constitute blight from adjoining property owners or lead to the progressive deterioration of the neighborhood. Such maintenance shall include, without limitation, the following:
Lawns shall be kept cut and not to exceed 10 inches in height. Trees, brush, shrubs and hedges shall be trimmed regularly during the growing season so as to avoid an unsightly appearance or obstruct sidewalks and roadways. Piles of materials such as dirt, sand and similar materials shall be used or removed within 30 days of receiving said materials. Failure to comply with this subsection, within five days of being notified, will result in the Village taking any legal action necessary to correct the violation. This will include the issuing of an appearance ticket or/and the Village removing the material or cutting the grass or having the same done by contract with a third party. Any and all cost associated with correcting the violation shall be assessed upon the real property on which the brush, grass or weeds are found. The fees for action taken by the Village shall be established from time to time by the Village Board of Trustees by resolution.
[Amended 7-6-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999]
So why are these violations allowed to go unchecked week after week after week?
“It is very dangerous to get citizens to wonder about anything.”
The slumlords violate the Village Code at will because nobody enforces the code.
Recently, when a Village Trustee was asked why the code enforcement officer had sent nasty letters to several law abiding residents for extremely minor code violations instead of concentrating on the worst offenders, the Trustee answered that the code enforcement officer was plucking the low hanging fruit.
Well code violations don’t hang much lower than the violations at 46 Union Street.
Maybe it is time to change the emphasis on code enforcement from the low hanging fruit to the worst offenders, such as the slumlord at 46 Union Street.
These code violations have a negative effect on the resale value of every house in the neighborhood and every house in Brockport.