Deptford Mayor Paul Medany said he isn't sure 550 Princeton has been vacant quite as long as neighbors estimate.
"It's been a good two or three years," he
Since the property is still owned by someone, the government cannot simply go in and clean it up, Medany
The township has been after the property management company about the downed tree in the front yard and the issues with the house itself, he
That's apparently what brought out two workers from a property management company on a recent morning to make exterior repairs.
They didn't want to say who was paying them to perform the work.
The township's code enforcement officers spend considerable time pursuing these cases, Medany
noted, but the task is difficult given limited municipal resources.
estimated that Deptford
has 100 to 120 vacant homes.
"We're trying everything we can with the resources we have.
I think most residents in Deptford
understand that," he
Further complicating the situation for towns, Medany
said, is the motivation of banks to actually take care of these homes.
"We tell them that the fines are going to increase," he
"I'm not sure if they care."
shares the frustration of residents living near these problem properties.