Council defers ambulance vote; staff eyes funding for derelict buildings

Posted November 18, 2013 11:06 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

1307362_74120314-001Derelict and dilapidated buildings may soon be a thing of the past in York County.

York County Planning Director Dave Pettine addressed county council Monday night, planting a seed with the council seeking funds to enforce the razing of buildings deemed a public hazard.

Right now, the number of buildings the county has identified as a hazard is fewer than twelve, Pettine said, but that number could rise.

York County’s ordinances surrounding codes and buildings already match other state and local codes but what the county lacks, Pettine said, is the teeth to enforce those ordinances.

The measure was not a formal action item on the council’s agenda, but council members waited little time to weigh in on the matter.

“We’re getting into this mentality where we want to get into everybody’s business,” said councilman Bruce Henderson, who represents Clover and surrounding areas on council. “To some degree this is a level of eminent domain.”

Councilman William “Bump” Roddey suggested the county offer a ‘toolbox’ to help residents move forward with their demolitions.

“I don’t want to take on the appearance that we are harassing people or bulling people into tearing down their property,” Roddey said. “If we go to them with construction options or funding options, I would be more inclined to looking at doing this in residential areas.”

It’s not clear when council may take this up for formal discussion



Council too no vote Monday on a prposed ambulance dispatch plan and tenth addendum of a contract with Piedmont Medical Center.

The agreements have been in the works for the better part of a year and seek to end the county’s longstanding practice of dispatching two ambulances to a call in areas served by the county’s volunteer rescue squads.

The idea has been quite controversial, and garnered nearly a dozen public comments at the November 4 meeting.

“We just decided after the public hearing [where] some of the councilmen expressed some of the proposed changes…that they wanted just a little more time to abosrb the contracts,” Blackwell said.

Council is set to take a third and final reading on the matter December 2.