Vacant building enforcement coming to downtown Erwin

Sue Guinn Legg • Jul 8, 2019 at 10:53 PM

ERWIN — The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday unanimously approved an a long-discussed ordinance establishing a vacant building enforcement program for the downtown area.

Aimed at continuing revitalization and a growing building occupancy rate downtown, the enforcement program will be applicable to the downtown overlay district only.

Town Recorder Glenn Rosenoff told the board the program includes an outline of different types of buildings, an inspection process, items such as boarded-up doors and windows and time limits to get those items corrected.

Rosenoff also noted the availability of the town’s $2,500 downtown facade grant program to help property owners with the cost of compliance with the new ordinance, including repairs to almost anything that has to do with a building’s street front exterior.

Prior to the vote, Mayor Doris Hensley said, “We’ve spent a lot of dollars and a lot of time improving our downtown district and we need to do more work to help bring in new businesses.”

In other business Monday, the board unanimously authorized the town’s participation in a Public Entity Partners Risk Management Pool required for eligibility for grant funding for public safety materials and supplies.

Rosenoff said an application for $5,000, 50 percent match grants would be for more safety signage along the Erwin Linear Trail.

Monday's board meeting was preceded by a reception honoring Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley for her recent selection as the Tennessee Municipal League's 2019 Mayor of the Year.