Connellsville Health Board lifts mandate to demolish city building
Connellsville Health Board members agreed to lift their mandate to demolish a building in the city so the owner can make repairs.
A motion was passed on Monday night to temporarily rescind the order to demolish the structure at 122 S. Pittsburgh St. and to the grant owner, Charles Osler, 60 days to bring the exterior of the building up to code.
Health and code officer Tom Currey went to the board with the request after Osler told him he did not want to demolish the structure.
As a good-faith effort, Osler obtained a building permit from Fayette County and obtained a $10,000 bond.
Currey told board members that if the outside of the building is not brought up to code within 60 days, the city can use the bond money posted by Osler to demolish the structure.
Currey updated the board on other properties in the city.
Mary Skelton and another owner of the property at 328 N. Pittsburgh St. were trying to get the structure zoned residential, rather than its current commercial status, but the application was rejected by the zoning hearing board.
Currey said they were given 30 days to begin making progress toward bringing the structure up to code.
A windstorm last week caused a back portion of Rodney Allen's property at 223 N. Third St. to fall down. Caution tape has been put around the area, Currey said, and they are waiting to see what exactly is going to be done there.
Currey reported that Donald Fisch, owner of 349 N. Pittsburgh St., has made significant progress, including addiing new siding to the front part of the structure, from where the property was a year ago.
He hopes the progress will continue into the summer.
A structure at 132 E. Fairview Ave., owned by Jack and Brian Swank, which had been declared a public nuisance, will soon be demolished.
Currey said they got a demolition permit and are cleaning out the structure. He added that it should be done within a few days.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Saltlick road problem fixed
- Connellsville boy enjoys VFD visit; 3-year-old asks for fireman’s coat, hat
- Uniontown woman admits to role in Masontown robbery-beating
- Fairchance man accused of sex assaults denies allegations
- Fayette County auto dealer under fire for loans
- Fayette woman charged with threatening to torch home
- Connellsville Zombie Prom organizers plan ‘a night to dismember’
- Uniontown Art Club reaches Summit
- Fairchance man’s rape trial opens with testimony by alleged victims
- Students learn team building at Fluid Power Challenge at Penn State Fayette
- Curtain rises on Penn State Fayette’s Shakespeare Festival