Frankfort creates new authority for blighted homes

The city of Frankfort has approved a new council called the hearing authority to help clean up blighted homes in the city. (WLFI Photo/Austin Miller)
The city of Frankfort has approved a new council called the hearing authority to help clean up blighted homes in the city. (WLFI Photo/Austin Miller)

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Frankfort officials are working to clean up neglected properties around the city.

The city’s Board of Works will now be a hearing authority for properties that do not meet state building codes. Properties not up to code will have to make repairs or explain to the hearing authority why the property won’t be repaired.

Frankfort building inspector Sam Payne said he has already issued paperwork for 16 properties to be renovated in the last two weeks. He said having the hearing authority will force properties to be repaired sooner.

“It’s going to make our city more attractive,” Payne said. “I believe the people, once they see what we’re doing, they’re going to step forward and are going to fix their properties up and maintain them.”

Frankfort’s hearing authority is being modeled after Lafayette’s. Payne said there are still kinks to work out, but owner’s having been cooperating.

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