SSMMA welcomes Rockford officials to lead Collaborative meeting on blight reduction
The group explained a municipality’s statutory authority to attack blight, such as the Illinois Demolition Statute, abandonment petitions, securing or enclosing abandoned residential or commercial properties, abating nuisances, and more. They also discussed municipal authority to take immediate action to remove blight. They outlined how to build an effective neighborhood stabilization team. The team includes a neighborhood stabilization officer to manage the blight reduction program; neighborhood standards officers to investigate exterior issues; building code officials and inspectors to investigate interior issues; police, fire and human services for potential safety or social issues; and a legal department to coordinate enforcement efforts in court or through administrative code hearing processes. In addition they explained the following: How to establish an effective code enforcement process; enforcing administrative orders and using the court system to attack blight; administrative warrants; and alternative programs to stabilize neighborhoods. For more information, please see the slide presentation. The meeting took place on Nov. 14 at SSMMA offices.