JUDGE CONFIRMS ORDER:
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – In an order by county Judge John Lambert, owner Melania Pervu must make all repairs to the building at 195 Main St. before the Jan. 11, 2019 deadline or she could be held in contempt of court, according to a decision made Friday, Dec. 7.
“The city believes she violated the order, but understands the reluctance to issue a vacancy order before Christmas,” said City Attorney David Merzig.
On Monday, Dec. 3, Merzig argued before Judge Lambert that Pervu’s building permit application was incomplete and thus violated the Sept. 7 order to submit a complete building application by Oct. 15. Pervu argued that a completed application, with repair plans for plumbing and electrical work, was submitted on deadline.
If the city’s Code Enforcement office finds that the violations have not be sufficiently corrected, Merzig said, the City will take Pervu back to court, where she could be held in contempt and face an order to vacate the tenants still remaining in the building.