At last night's Columbia Borough Council meeting, Gerald Maurer, 518 North Third Street, alleged that the Columbia Borough Codes Department has engaged in several incidents of selective enforcement, nonfeasance, and misfeasance over the past few years. In particular, Maurer noted that the property next to his (516 North Third Street) sustained a fire on June 22, 2013, due to faulty wiring (as determined by the fire department). In the aftermath, Maurer took the photographs posted below, which he says display the poor condition of the interior of the house - aside from fire damage - and support his claims of selective code enforcement, since the codes department had not previously cited the property for code violations. (Maurer presented these photographs to council at last night's meeting.) Maurer added that, to his knowledge, no search warrant had been executed for this property to investigate its interior. However, Maurer claims that on one occasion, a search warrant was issued for his own property, and he arrived home to find a code enforcement officer and two policemen inside his house. He also cited ongoing disputes he has had with the codes department for a deck he had added to his property, even though the department did not specify which codes he was violating.
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