April 3, 2008
Albany -- Code enforcement officers are on the lookout for properties that could pose a risk to the public. Part of the downtown revitalization is aimed at securing vacant buildings that could be used by vagrants and drug dealers.
So far, Albany Code Enforcers issued four boarding permits to property owners whose buildings were in violation of city ordinances for not being properly secured.
When those buildings are boarded up, they have to meet specific standards.
"If they used the boards to secure them, there's a methodology they have to follow now on how to board. They have to pay a boarding fee of $25.00 - just like they would get a building permit - they go get a boarding permit." says Albany Code Enforcement Director Michael Tilson
Buildings that are already boarded up have one year to meet the new boarding standards.