SALISBURY – Officials are making progress in cleaning up Salisbury’s neighborhoods by taking charge of blighted property with irresponsible owners.
The Salisbury City Council approved an ordinance in first reading this week to add a chapter to the City Code to create a procedure under which the city may petition the Circuit Court for appointment of a receiver to rehabilitate, demolish or to sell vacant structures or lots.
“This is a receivership ordinance that has been kicked around in work session and discussed over and over again,” City Attorney Mark Tilghman said. “The purpose of this is to put one more tool really in the hands of the city to get rid of properties that are accumulating with large unpaid liens, properties that are unsafe for human habitation, and these are vacant properties, either a vacant structure or a vacant lot, which has basically become a nuisance. This would permit the Neighborhood Services Director to petition, to be appointed receiver for these properties, to take charge of it and to repair and/or sell the property when the time is appropriate.”