The Farmington Township Board of Supervisors this month took related actions to enforce the municipality's nuisance, dangerous structures ordinances and other related regulations.
Supervisors Matt Sherbine, Dave Crise and Chuck Gilbert gave their final approval to an ordinance establishing the position of township code enforcement officer.
The township employs Kenneth Means in that position on an as-needed basis. Means, however, had expressed concern about a lack of codified authority to act on the township's behalf.
The new ordinance gives Means or any other agent appointed by the board -- that authority.
Using the township's dangerous structure ordinance, the board approved sending registered notices of violation to three property owners.
Letters went to the owner of a home along Maple Drive; the owner of a home along State Route 36; and the owner of a home along Arnold Avenue, advising each of the buildings' deteriorating condition and the opinion of the township's building code inspector that each structure needs to be demolished.
Township secretary Robin Kahle said the owners have 10 days to respond after receiving the letter and then 60 days to comply.
A Pine Hollow Drive resident reminded the board of supervisors he had visited about a year ago to voice a complaint about a barking dog in his neighborhood which is disturbing several other neighbors.
Sherbine said with the enactment of the code enforcement officer ordinance the township is now better prepared to deal with such complaints.
Sherbine encouraged the residents of Pine Hollow Drive to file their complaints at the township office.
"The ordinance we're enacting tonight gives (the code enforcement officer) the authorization to act on (the complaints)," said Sherbine.