By ERIC TICHY
Warren County crossed some blighted properties off its list Thursday during a meeting of the Blighted Property Review Committee.
But that list won't stay short for long.
Committee members discussed seven blighted properties two of which are now considered resolved. At the same time, a few properties in Glade Township may find their way to the committee.
"The Darr property is in position now. ... We have agreements to go across the property (and) to tear down the building there and everything," John Zavinski of the Warren County Redevelopment Authority said.
Zavinski said the Mead Township property was scheduled to be torn down on Thursday, adding, "Everyone has agreed to let us go in there."
"We're making some progress there," Chairman Paul Pascuzzi said.
"The McWilliams property is in the process of being sold," Zavinski said, noting that the property was purchased for $5,000. "The individual who bought the property gave us a list of what's going to happen," he said.
Zavinski said the owner has outlined a timeline for the property, which includes renovating the structure and constructing an addition.
"The owner said by September everything should be done," he added. "(The owner) think it's the greatest buy in the world at $5,000 because he's relating that to Pittsburgh prices."
"Okay, so the Mead Township supervisors are pretty happy with the results on both of those?" Pascuzzi asked.
"Yes," Zavinski responded.
"I can give you an update on the next one, which is the Pierce property on Railroad Street," Pascuzzi said. "It's no longer known as the Pierce property, it's now the Clarendon Borough property."
Pascuzzi said he will address the Redevelopment Authority next week on the property. "At least we now have ownership," he said. "The debts are forgiven from the past and now we have a good building on a lot that needs removed."
The chairman said he would come up with a timeline for the authority once funding is finalized.
Another blighted property in Clarendon Borough owned by Randy Pierce has backpayments of $1,800 for sewer bills. Committee member Chuck Barone said Pierce had visited him in Conewango Township about a lack of paperwork for the bills.
Pascuzzi directed Barone to have Pierce contact Clarendon Borough regarding the $1,800.
Barone said progress has been made on a Conewango Township blighted property, but that progress has been minimal.
"I'll never see it completed, I don't think, at the rate they're going," Barone said.
"Does it pose an immediate threat to the neighborhood?" Pascuzzi asked.
Barone said no, and added, "Some day it will be" taken care of.
The committee also discussed the Larson property and the Irwin property, both of which are considered resolved.
But that news was quickly drowned out.
Joe Scully, Glade Township supervisor, told the committee a few properties along Front Street in his township may soon find their way to the committee. He noted the properties are currently rented by a "known landlord," and said the township would consider imposing a nuisance ordinance to start a possible blight process.
Pascuzzi agreed with that route, noting the condition of properties along Front Street.
"If you could just obliterate those three or four properties, there is some prime real estate there," he said.