City of Oneonta holds public hearing on ordinance to crack down on abandoned houses

The new chapter deals with vacant houses and will increase requirements for inspections and homeowners’ responsibilities to keep these buildings safe and up to code.

Posted: Sep 18, 2019 12:16 AM

ONEONTA, NY – A public hearing was held at Tuesday’s common council meeting in Oneonta.

The reason for the hearing was to get public input on an ordinance the council passed recently that would add a new chapter to the code of the City of Oneonta.

However, nobody spoke up at the hearing.

The new chapter deals with vacant houses and will increase requirements for inspections and homeowners’ responsibilities to keep these buildings safe and up to code.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig says he will sign the ordinance Wednesday.

“What we’re targeting is those homes that are abandoned and left in disrepair. We’re going to get a little tougher on those because even one abandoned house is one too many. It devalues the value of the other homes in the neighborhood.”

The mayor estimates that there are around 60 to 70 vacant houses in the city.

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