July 4, 2013

City gives owner two more months

Property in violation of code, zoning ordinances.

by Mitchell Kirk Pharos-Tribune

---- — The Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety is giving the owner of a West Broadway residence about two months to remedy code and zoning violations.

City officials addressed Alfonso Perez, owner of 516 W. Broadway at its weekly meeting Wednesday. The location had been referred to as being at 516 E. Linden Avenue at previous board of public work and safety meetings because of an error.

Logansport Code Enforcement Officer George Franklin said the siding on a privacy fence on the property violates a city ordinance and Logansport-Cass County Planning Director Arin Shaver said the shed-like lean-to structures leaning against the fence have to be moved five feet from the fence after a building permit is acquired.

Perez said he was using the sheds to store equipment like a lawnmower, snow blower and tiller to protect them from the elements and did not know he was in the wrong.

Members of the board of public works and safety reminded Perez the city has been informing him of these violations since December of last year but expressed a desire to work with him as long as he promised to show progress on the property in the immediate future.

Board members and Perez agreed to mark Aug. 28 as the date by which he will bring his property back up to code.

“In all likelihood, it’s going to be a busy couple of months,” said Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin, who chairs the board.

Franklin went on to encourage Perez to keep in touch with the code enforcement officer and planning director to ensure he is going about the cleanup correctly.

“I will do everything,” Perez said.

Perez had formerly been in violation of storing vehicles behind the privacy fence and has since removed them from the property, George Franklin said.

In other news, the board also:

• Approved a street closing of two blocks of Cicott Street between Bartlett and Schultz streets for the installation of a drainage pipe.

• Approved a curb cut for wheelchair access at 1608 North St.

• Approved the use of outside tables and chairs at Lucky Sports Bar, 430 North St.

• Approved a one-week extension on addressing 208 N. Sixth St., which was partially demolished in April. Logansport Building Commissioner Bill Drinkwine said he has presented an engineering report to the owners of both of the building’s adjoining properties — 210 and 214 N. Sixth St. He said the owners of 208 signed a certified letter informing them of the meeting, but they did not attend. Drinkwine requested one more week to confer with all of the property owners before presenting a recommendation to the board.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or