The Long Branch Council has decided to take matters into its own hands and order the demolition of a fire-damaged home on Springdale Avenue.
The home at 518 Springdale Ave. has been sitting vacant and in disrepair since the fire occurred on June 4, 2010, and has become a safety hazard and eyesore according to neighbors who have come before the council.
The city awarded a contract to Mazza Demolition for $21,250 to demolish the building.
The city will pay for the demolition but plans to place a lien on the property to recoup the funds. The council recently passed an ordinance that will allow the city to do so, as it was previously not allowed by municipal law.
City representatives conducted a hearing with the property owner and her insurance carrier on February 28 and ordered the owner to demolish the structure within 30 days.
A resolution passed by the council states that "Neither the owner nor anyone else on her behalf has taken any action to demolish or otherwise repair the property," so the city has decided to take action and demolish it.