- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Connellsville Health Board Monday night reviewed actions on several properties in the city.

One property at 108-110 Gallatin Ave., previously declared a nuisance by the board, was given a brief reprieve. That former apartment building was put out for a demolition bid by the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority. That bid came back at a cost of $18,000.

Last night, board member Johanna Harden called the owner, Engineering Group LLC of Kensington, Md., and learned it may have a $10,000 demolition bond for the structure.

The board voted to give the company 10 working days to provide the bond before the city would begin the process of demolition.

Board member Lucille King asked if the company should be given more time, since they had done nothing to fix up the structure.

Board member Dale Cadwallader felt the owner should have more time and that the bond amount should be kept at $10,000, not increased to $18,000, since that was the amount the city had earlier told the company.

Tom Currey, the city’s health officer, reviewed the history of the action concerning the building.

According to Currey, the building went through a series of owners without being repaired since 2009. The previous owners failed to register the deed. The present owner, Intrepid Engineering Group LLC of Kensington, Md., purchased the property through a tax sale in January 2014.

Currey said he did not find out about the sale until May 2014. Yet no improvements were made in those 120 days.

Currey then sent the company a certified letter about the condition of the property, including information that the health board declared the structure a nuisance and ordered it to be demolished.

The company informed Currey they wanted to repair the structure for use as a group home.

Currey informed the company the city had ordered the building’s demolition and the company must provide a demolition bond of $10,000 if it wanted to stop the work. Currey said the company would have a year to demolish or repair the building. He also informed them that if, after a year, nothing was done, the bond would be forfeited and the money would be used for the demolition.

—Currey updated the board on the John Enold property at 122 Witter Ave. The board had declared it a nuisance and ordered its demolition.

Enold had sent several letters to the health board claiming he would soon have money to begin repairs to the structure.

Currey said Enold had been warned of the problems with the structure for years.

Harden said she tried several times to call him, “but no one has ever answered.” She added that there was no way to leave a message for Enold.

According to Currey, Enold’s fines for the citations may be erased because he chose jail instead of paying the fines. Currey said he may seek help from the county district attorney’s office to hold Enold for criminal charges for failure to fix up his properties. Enold has other properties in the city in need of repair.

—Currey reminded residents they must clean up after their dogs and cats.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at [email protected] or 724-626-3538.


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