City eyes tougher regulations on vacant commercial buildings

Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci is spearheading a plan that would tighten regulations on the city's abandoned buildings, all in the name of safety improvements and crime deterrence.
Andy Ouriel
Mar 20, 2012

 

Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci is spearheading a plan that would tighten regulations on the city's abandoned buildings, all in the name of safety improvements and crime deterrence.

Ricci and other fire department employees have identified 158 vacant or abandoned commercial buildings that pose safety hazards and open the door for crime. He's outlined a six-point plan that could tackle the problem:

-  identify the building’s owner, operator or occupant;

- indicate the building’s safety hazards;

- require that person to register the building with the city and pay fees, such as upgrading fire protection systems, ranging from $400 to $6,400;

- allow fire staff to inspect the property;

- secure the property for safety measures;

- create a vacant building plan for a specific property to address building issues.

Said city commissioner Keith Grohe: “This is long overdue. I've often been worried about sending (firefighters) and police into these buildings.”

For more on this story and to read statistics on vacant building fires, pick up Tuesday's Register or sign up for the e-paper here.

Want to go? 

What: Sandusky city commission meeting where Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci plans to discuss the proposed plan dealing with vacant buildings.

When: 5 p.m. Monday

Where: 222 Meigs St.
 

Comments

Pete

So the city is going to have to pay themselves a fee for the Keller Building being a death trap?

donutshopguy

 Isn't this like complaining your horses are out of the barn when you left the barn door open for years?

Now it's a problem?

aaa_zzz

Talk about the purest form of hypocrisy. 

Maybe they should take care of their own house (Keller Building) before they try to get others to take care of theirs.

 

Darkhorse

The city should be no exception to the rule when it comes to fines and obeying the ordinance.  The city will be spending all their time and money in court because of the back log of vacant buildings.  People won't have the money to comply.

here in ohio

well DONT send firemen into one of them buildings if its on fire ......... LET IT BURN.....LOL...

goofus

158 vacant and abandon commercial buildings, Hmmm, exactly when did these enigmas pop up ????

The Big Dog's back

 From slumlords like yourself.

Pete

Does your basement bedroom have a secondary exit to meet code? If not, they should inspect it and fine your mom for allowing you to dwell down there

JERRY from SANDUSKY

give it to the homeless it will go good with the rest of the town

Cityslicker

The city should go in their own backyard with a broom and shovel (or wrecking ball), before they start harping on private owners. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

8ballinthesidepocket

Just make sure that no tourists are permitted to rent these places and spend lots of money in Sandusky.

FruGalSpender

typical basement dweller

Pete

Did you hack McMuffin's Web Cam?

(No wonder he had log on issues. He is still running a Commodore!)

dig this

   Did anyone remember the Old House Guild? They control the Keller Building's future.

dig this

   Did anyone remember the Old House Guild? They control the Keller Building's future.

Fireside

Take a look at the old Mathes Coal building roof. People are still in there everyday!

wiredmama222

If the Keller building is such a bone of contention with all of you, why not just tear it down.  It seems to be committing suicide as we speak anyway!   Let the poor thing die. 

 

And if Dog really does live in a basement, then installing bilco doors to the outside should be simple enough since most basements have stairs leading to them.  Right, Dog? 

We are doing the same things here...not a big deal.  I am beginning to feel sorry for Dog, you all tag him so often. 

The Big Dog's back

 That's OK wiredmama, I can take it. These inheritance babies on here never had to work a day in their life.

Pete

Congrats Brutus! You have one of the biggest ding-bats on here feeling sorry for you!

And for the record, you term preparing breakfast sammiches as your idea of work?

You need to get out on a farm for a few weeks. Then you will learn what work really is

donutshopguy

 This is another sign the city is in a downward death spiral.

 

Empty decaying buildings.

Empty decaying homes.

Mass exodus from the school system.

Gun shots heard weekly.

Over 75% of the homes are rentals.

Over 85% of the students are on free or reduced breakfasts and lunches.

 

goofus

Rootie Tootie Frootie Brootie, is that your mamma? Where is she stealing her internet from!!!