This book is a primer on the procedure to reduce crime, reduce costs of maintenance, fire and police departments in your city by removing vacant structures in a timely fashion. A by product of reducing vacant structures is the improvement of property tax collection. The Indiana lawmakers passed legislation to expedite the process of condemning and demolishing/de-constructing vacant structures in 2006. Several laws were passed in the succeeding years to enhance the initial law. The city of Marion has been recognized as a leader in the state to utilize these laws resulting from the condemning a building on the city/county square, which resulted in a ruling from the Indiana Supreme Court. Grant County Indiana, with Marion as the county seat, is ranked as the 7th best county in the USA by the US Census of 2010 in addressing/reducing the problem of vacant structures.
While the laws exist, it is a challenge for all the various departments in the city and county to extract the fraction of the laws that pertain to that department. All the pertinent laws are included as reference material and is in flowable text to allow reading on any device. Several forms are included to assist other cities in devising their forms.
Seminars have been given to other cities and we are willing to schedule more seminars. If sufficient interest exists, we will create a web-seminar. We are also contemplating a web site to allow questions and answers to issues and situations that occur in other cities.
The book is based on actual results within the City of Marion, Indiana and co-authored by the Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer of the city.
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About the Author
Joe Moore is the Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Marion. Joe has first hand experience with a city that had a high vacant structure percentage because of the loss of several large factories starting in 2003. He was motivated by the City of Marion's landmark case in the Indiana Supreme Court to condemn and demolish a commercial building on the town square. The Mayor of Marion, IN and President of the Council of Mayors in Indiana, Wayne Seybold, vision for the city to regain it's vitality by utilizing these laws to make Marion a desirable place to live and allow businesses to thrive has been successful. Marion's Building Commissioner, Larry Oradat, assigned Joe to spearhead the city's effort. Joe was able to get all the city departments involved and working towards the same goal of reducing vacant structures. He devised a process where the Code Enforcement Office coordinated the efforts of all the departments. The results are still coming in. The city has experienced decreasing crime and structure fires, reduced cost of maintaining vacant structures and increased property tax collection. The city is much more attractive to growing existing businesses and acquiring new businesses. The co-author is Timothy Duke. He has created several businesses that operated in International and Domestic Trade. Quality management is a forte.