By BRADEN LAMMERS
JEFFERSONVILLE — A demolition request for a home that has been deemed unsafe and in violation of the city’s building codes since 2009 was brought before the Board of Public Works Wednesday.
Jeffersonville Planning and Zoning Director Shane Corbin presented the request to tear down a home in the 1600 block of Kehoe Lane.
“The structure has been deemed unsafe by one of our building inspectors,” he said.
The process to condemn the home began in July 2009 when a fire burned the home’s garage. A lien was place on the home after the city was forced to tear down the structure in October that year. The city’s code enforcement office gave the homeowner a deadline of March 14, 2011 to begin repairs to the home, but no work had been performed when it was last inspected in February 2012.
“It’s basically just a wood frame,” Corbin said of the structure.
The homeowner, Angela Albertson, was in attendance at the board of public works meeting Wednesday, however, and said she has flooring and siding to install and plans to make the other necessary repairs in order for the home to be inhabitable.
Albertson said the home, which she inherited from her grandmother, fell into disrepair after it was sold to her niece who went bankrupt during the process of remodeling the home.
The home currently has no plumbing, electrical, ceilings or floors.
“If you do indeed have plans to rehab the home, bring it up to code and make it livable for human habitation ... you [need to] have a clear pathway and schedule of repairs that we are going to hold you to and not just let this property fall in on itself,” Corbin said.
But multiple complaints filed against the property and the lack of movement on repairs to the home caused board of public works members to be reluctant to dismiss the idea of demolishing the property.
“My only concern would be that we have not been inside that building for nearly a year,” said City Attorney Les Merkley. “My recommendation — before the board takes any formal action — would be to go out there, go inside and confirm it is still in that condition.”
Corbin said the home in question is not the only property in dire condition on Kehoe Lane.
“At a minimum, it’s an eyesore to the neighborhood,” he said. “That street needs a lot of code enforcement done on it. It is a constant source of calls for us. This is one of about three properties on that street that we constantly have to go and make runs on.”
After some discussion, the board made a motion to have City Building Inspector Larry Wallace go back and investigate the condition of the property and come back with a report at the board’s next meeting.
“Let him tell us whether the structure is safe or unsafe,” said Mayor Mike Moore.
New stop sign
A request to install stop signs in the Highland Park neighborhood was approved, but the exact location of the signs has yet to be determined.
The request was made by a resident in the neighborhood during one of the mayor’s neighborhood meetings. It was agreed that three-way stop should be installed, but a discussion between City Engineer Andy Crouch and Street Department Commissioner David Hosea identified two potential locations for the new signs.
The two men, along with Jeffersonville Police Chief Chris Grimm, were directed to investigate whether the preferred location for the three-way stop is at Plank Road and Cedarview Drive or at Plank Road and 4th Avenue, near America Place Business Park.