Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Dec. 5 newspaper on Page A5.
WELLSTON — After a breaking and entering was reported earlier this year at a Wellston office building, city officials made downtown property safety a priority in town.
At a recent Wellston City Council meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Ryan Pelletier gave an update about that project. He said he was directed by Service Director William Shumate to inspect all properties in the downtown area.
“So, we went down and checked out every single business and took pictures,” Pelletier said.
Pelletier said the city utilized a section of the Wellston Codified Ordinances dealing with safe property maintenance.
Twenty property owners deemed to be in violation were sent letters from the city.
“I asked them to go look at their property and see if any of it needs attention,” Pelletier said. “I don’t feel that is unfair to anyone. It did spark some controversy.”
The letter asked property owners to keep properties free and clear of unsafe conditions. They were given 30 days to “mitigate the problem areas.”
“We don’t want to take people to court, we just want the problem fixed,” Pelletier noted.
After 30 days had passed, Pelletier told The Courier only a few of the 20 property owners had addressed their apparent issues.
Pelletier was hired as code enforcement officer earlier this year in April. He works two days a week in that position.
The Wellston City Council meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. in the council chambers on the second floor of the city building. The meetings are open to the public.