AVON — As the residents of the Village of Avon look upon the empty lot that was once the site of a home in disrepair, the board looks to remedy the uneasy feeling that those in similar situations are experiencing.
A simple letter was sent Thursday November 14, to 16 different residences within the Village of Avon that have been deemed in violation of the New York State Property Code, that attempts to ease the anxiety of being notified of code violation.
“We have not had many responses, I believe people think they need to pay this money back,” said Tony Cappello, Code Enforcement Officer for the Village of Avon. “People are funny about things like that.”
The Genesee Valley Rural Preservation Council, GVRPC, is a non profit rehabilitation program for owner occupied homes in Livingston County. Eligibility for assistance in this program are income and household size based.
The letter that was sent from Cappello to 16 village residents reads as follows:
A recent inspection of homes in the Village of Avon has led us to a number of homes that are in need of minor or major repairs.
Unknown to many of our residents, the New York State Property Maintenence Code (copy enclosed) states that a homeowner or business must maintain in good repair the exterior and interior of their dwellings, in a safe and healthy condition.
As a village resident and the Code Enforcement Officer, I am sending out these letters to let our residents know that there are organizations and funds that offer to help with home repairs.
If you feel that you may have issues or need help with your home, please feel free to contact the Village Office at (585)226-8118 or stop in and ask questions.
Please remember this is a New York State Code that must be followed and we are here to help you solve any problems you may have.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Anthony J. Cappello
Code Enforcement Officer
According to Cappello, after receiving this letter along with the code enforcement handbook, the resident will then have 30 days to respond or will otherwise be met with a code violation.
“We want to help, we don’t want a situation like we had before,” said Cappello.