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City demolishes blighted properties

July 8, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Blighted properties and dilapidated buildings can be an eyesore for neighbors and passersby, and the city of West Point is taking steps to enhance beautification of the city's neighborhoods by demolishing these properties.
West Point Code Enforcement Officer Jeremy Klutts said the city is trying to clean up the neighborhoods, beginning last week with the demolition of two dilapidated houses on James Street and Meadowbrook Circle. The city demolished another abandoned home Monday on Crowell Street.
Klutts has been the city's code enforcer for six months, and in that time he said he's worked to make property owners follow the city's minimum property maintenance standards.
Examples of a property owner's requirements, according to the property maintenance standards include:
n Protect exterior surfaces of a structure that are subject to decay by application of paint or other coating;
n Repair holes, cracks and other defects that can cause injury;
n Keep buildings intended for human occupancy in a weathertight and watertight condition;
n Maintain structurally sound roofs which have no defects that might admit rain or cause dampness in walls or interior portions of the the buildling;
n Make sure every structural element of a dwelling is structurally sound and shows no evidence of deterioration that would render it incapable of carrying normal loads; and
n Provide every habitable with at least one window or skylight facing directly to the outdoors, which can be easily opened.

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