Updates Over Code Enforcement and Unsafe Structures Provided to Knox BOW

Knox Director of Building and Code Compliance Kenny Pfost provided updates about existing unsafe structures to Board of Works members during their most recent meeting.

He reported that the individuals responsible for 13 N. Main, the Republican Headquarters are still working to get the structure demolished. He mentioned that the owner of 253 E. Washington is under a schedule and they’ve been working to get roof work completed.

Director Pfost also noted that the yard at 105 S. Bower is being maintained and work is being done to address violations.

He explained that the building at 507 S. East Street has been sitting vacant for a few years and ownership recently switched hands. He said he’s been in contact with the new owner and he is going to work to bring the property into compliance.

Pfost shared that a structure located at 207 W. Lake experienced a fire back in January and insurance company representatives and the owner were debating whether to make repairs or to tear it down and rebuild.

After issuing an order to rehabilitate or demolish, Pfost said they’re now working to rehab the building.

Director Pfost added that while it’s not an unsafe building, there was a property at 305 W. John where he recently conducted code enforcement. He reported that he tagged about five vehicles and they were moved within the specified time frame. He noted the property still needs work but owner is making progress to get it cleaned it up.

When Pfost completed his report, Mayor Estok asked him to inspect a residence on South East Street to check into whether it is safe or not. Estok reported receiving several complaints from a neighboring resident about the property. Director Pfost said he would follow up with it.