Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
January 8, 2014 11:23 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Tackling the issues at numerous residential dwellings in the city continued Tuesday morning with the Mount Vernon Dilapidated Buildings Commission. But numerous issues at hand currently seem to be dancing around the border between that of being a dilapidated building versus property maintenance.

An update was given on the property at 808 Howard St., owned by George Ellis. As the property was previously referred to City Law Director Chip McConville, City Councilman Mike Hillier said there have been complaints from the neighboring residents about the condition of the building plus the fact it currently appears to be used for storage purposes.

“What they would like to see is a total cleanup of the property and not use it as a storage building,” said Hillier, adding how Ellis has been accused at times of moving junk items from one property to another. “I would like to see the city law director along with Mr. Glass put some pressure on him. This has been going on a long, long time.”

Commission Chairman Dave Glass said he will meet with McConville and see what measures can be pursued in the getting the property cleaned up.

The property at 4 South St., also owned by Ellis, had earlier been ordered to be vacated and declared uninhabitable due to numerous structural and utility issues. Concern was expressed with this property being in such close proximity to Phillips Park.

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