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Clarendon property gives RDA trouble

The owner of record is deceased.

A company that is believed to hold a reverse mortgage on the property won’t respond.

The taxes may be paid by the federal government.

Each of those criteria make the Warren County Development Authority’s response to the blighted designation of 6 Railroad St. in Clarendon all the more complicated. Authority member Rob Hart, who also serves on Clarendon Borough Council, called it a “nice house. The house shouldn’t be blighted.”

“We are having a heck of a time getting a hold” of the owner, County Planner Dan Glotz.

Hart said that effort at the municipal level went in “circles and circles and circles.”

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said a measure “oddly successful” in another county was for a county commissioner to call and state that the properties are a threat to the community.

“Basically most of these companies are pretty big,” he said, and “don’t pay attention to these properties.” He said he’d make those calls.

The RDA tabled action against four other properties for three different reasons.

Action was tabled at 1465 Rt. 62 while county staff reach out to a new owner of the property and for a similar reason at 109 Oak St., Sheffield. Action against 58 Bush Lane, Tidioute, was also tabled as work is ongoing at that property.

The RDA also granted an additional three months to Christopher Nelson, the owner of 59 2nd Mill St., Sheffield.

He told the RDA that new water lines have been run in the house and work on the electrical system is occurring now. He said a porch and mudroom that precipitated the blight designation have been torn down with posts set for the new deck.

“It seems like you’re going to be getting off the list,” Hart said. “We’ll give you the space you need.”

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