According to Columbia Borough Code Enforcement Officer Jeffrey Helm, LCHRA gave the Biglers two opportunities to meet specific directives. When they failed to do so, LCHRA entertained a first and then a second determination of blight. At a recent Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC) meeting, the Biglers made an impassioned plea for a 60-day extension. The request was denied, and the commission voted unanimously to certify the property as blighted.
Columbia's decision moves the process forward to the next level, which gives the owner ample opportunity to again meet demands defined by the LCHRA. On Tuesday night, the borough's property committee moved to send the issue to full council for a vote at its June 13 meeting. Columbia Spy's previous article on the process is HERE.
- Public nuisance
- Attractive nuisance to children
- Accumulation of trash and debris or haven for vermin
- Unfit for human habitation
- Fire hazard
- Lack of water, gas, or other utilities
- Tax delinquent for two years and vacant
- Vacant and not code compliant within a year of receiving notice of violations
- Abandoned property with municipal liens exceeding 150% of value
- Defective or unusual condition of title
- Environmentally hazardous conditions or contamination