CHEAP SEATS: City comes up short on vacant buildings

No one can say Belleville doesn’t do the least it can do when it comes to vacant eye-sore buildings.

They just can’t say Belleville does much more than the least it can do, either.

City council on Tuesday approved funding to make a part-time bylaw officer full time in part to be able to take a more proactive approach to property standards.

Which is a very good move. But let’s be realistic: by-law enforcement officers are going to spend most of their time dealing with homes and yards that aren’t being maintained, not large abandoned office buildings or restaurants.

Those require a stronger touch, and council bailed on it Tuesday.

Council rejected a proposal to start a vacant building registry in part because it was too “heavy handed approach” to make property owners who have abandoned their buildings pay to be on the registry and allow building inspectors, and if need be fire officials, to regularly check to see if there are any infractions.

Personally I don’t see how anyone can be too heavy handed when dealing with people who literally let their buildings crumble while waiting for who knows what before actually fixing them.

If they can’t afford to fix them, they should sell them and let someone else to it. Otherwise fix them up. Or else … well we have some pretty eager bylaw enforcement officers just looking to mix it up…

I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats

From the Cheap Seats can be heard Monday to Friday at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and noon on 95.5 Hits FM and Cool 100.1

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