City Council keeps dancing curious step

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 07:49 PM

The City Council’s approach with a homeowner is an intriguing act to follow.

Luis Medina has received a third extension from demolition of four properties he owns on Charles Street and Rowland Avenue in Henderson. The sum total is six months. The estimate of being up to code is only 20 percent.

The real estate company he utilizes is owned by a county commissioner, Terry Garrison. We do not suggest any favors as a result.

The city has raised the sanitation fee to create a revenue stream dedicated to demolishing abandoned houses. But it’s a long list, far more than present money allows, with or without Medina’s dwellings.

We saw the locations in December. Improvement is debatable. Just as curious is what happens and how soon because of these pingpong actions.

• Among the notices in The Dispatch this past week was one for the Henderson-Vance Spring Litter Sweep.

It starts in two weeks, easily remembered by a beginning on Tax Day — April 15.

The program offers registration as a way to help cover more areas. Schools, churches and groups with Adopt-A-Highway and Neighborhood Watch are encouraged to sign up. This year, they’ll attempt to use separate bags for recycling. Gloves, large trash bags and bright-colored vests will be available.

• We’re told lawmakers in Raleigh are likely to pass a bill, a vote for which has been postponed twice already, that is going to chip away at public notice laws.

House Bill 243 and its companion, Senate Bill 263, addresses how the owners of property and the public are notified about liens on self-service storage facilities. Owners of the facilities will now be able to use email and commercially reasonable manners to publish notice, and newspapers are acceptable but not necessary.

It is scheduled for a vote Tuesday. We have a biased, revenue-minded interest.

The person with a security interest can be notified by various forms of mail. Five days before sale, any commercial advertisement is OK if three independent bidders subsequently show for the sale.

Skip our lost revenue. We’ll adapt just as we did when classifieds diminished. Lawmakers are removing proven checks and balances in a system we don’t believe is broken. And that makes for bad legislation.