Jamestown Leaders Rolling Out New “Tools” To Combat Blighted Properties

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JAMESTOWN – Leaders in Jamestown are working to roll out new “tools” to combat blighted properties around town.

The City of Jamestown Director of Development Crystal Surdyk provided an update during Monday’s City Council Meeting on her office’s plan to combat property problems around the area.

She says there are several efforts in the works, including hiring two new code enforcement officers.

These new positions, Surdyk explains, will help her staff speed up responding to complaints. Currently, she says her department is very busy trying to keep up with the current workload.

As for new “tools” to combat issues surrounding zombie properties and absentee landlords, Surdyk says there are several efforts unfolding “behind the scenes.”

“(We are) developing some new ordinances and trying to add more tools to our toolbox when it comes to how we can make ourselves more efficient, more effective,” explained Surdyk. “Not only build capacity in a way of adding staff, but streamlining some of our policies and procedures.”

Earlier this year the municipality announced a new effort to take legal action against property owners who let their homes fall into disrepair. In the end, officials hope to turn these locations into prospective owner-occupied homes.


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