Commission, code enforcement work together

Published 9:22 pm Thursday, November 4, 2010

Keeping historic districts in good shape has taken on a new life with the Selma Historic Development Commission and the Selma Code Enforcement Department working together.

Darryl Moore, the city’s code enforcement officer, met with the commission Thursday afternoon to discuss some properties in violation of city codes and commission regulations.

“We’re trying to work together to let the right hand know what the left hand is doing,” said Patty Sexton, historic preservation and revitalization coordinator from the Planning and Development Department.

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At issue were at least two specific addresses, including a business at 209 Broad St., which has an air conditioner in front of the building in violation of the city ordinance.

The violation was cited by city Building Inspector Finis Harris and passed onto the commission through Sexton in July.

The building owners were given 10 days to reply to the letter, or appear before the commission. Sexton said the commission would write a letter to the building inspector to ensure the next steps are followed.

According to the city’s ordinances, the penalty for not complying is a fine until the violation is fixed.

Additionally, the city Code Enforcement Department will see a portion of the building at 807 Broad St. razed. Moore wrote a letter to the commission saying the back of the building, adjacent to Idle Inn, was damaged in a fire and has become dangerous.

Moore said the people staying in the building were considered homeless.

Prior to the fire, the city cut the grass at the address as part of its weed abatement program.

The commission agreed the back of the building would be demolished and the owners would present a renovation plan.

Moore also said the property owners, Sen. Hank Sanders and his wife, Rose Touré, would pay for the demolition.