The Richmond Codes Enforcement Board discussed two out of the three properties listed on their agenda Wednesday evening, including a property on Parrish Ave. and Earlene Court.

First to speak was Gina Lockhart, on behalf of her stepfather Phillip Sowers, who owns the property located on Earlene Court, which was up for demolition.

Lockhart requested that the board give her 60 to 90 days to make additional repairs to the property, which received its first complaint from a citizen about overgrown weeds and grass on site, according to Philip Williams, the director of the codes enforcement.

She said that Sowers intended to make the property habitable and to fix the items marked on the city's inspection list.

"I just would like to request more time before you demolish the property," she told the board.

City Attorney Garret Fowles said that from pictures the property is in violation of 40 to 50 ordinances. Each of these, he explained, can carry a fine anywhere from $100 to $500.

"We don't want the money to go to the city in the form of fines," Fowles said. "We would rather that money go towards fixing the property. If he wants to fix the property, then that would be great."

Next to speak to the board was Kenneth Meadows, who owns a property on Parrish Ave.

The last time that Meadows, who lives out of state, was before the board, they asked that he demolish a shed, clear out debris, clean out the inside of the house and apply window treatments to the then boarded up windows.

Meadows reported that he had all the rooms cleaned out, the shed demolished and the driveway cleared. He did, however, report that there was still debris remaining to clear, but that he did not see an issue with that.

"The property poses no safety violation, I see no safety violation," he said. "I am in pretty good shape I think unless someone has made complaints since I have been back."

He said that he had no intentions of renting the property, but that he intends to live there himself.

He said that he hopes to not have to return to Kentucky for six months to a year, and that he has someone working on the property.

Williams urged that while Meadows was living back home in Virginia Beach, that he register the property as vacant for an annual fee of $60.

The board voted that for Meadows' property, that he himself come before the board in six months, but that in the meantime, the person he has working on the property must be present at the Oct. meeting, with a progress report and photos to show. The also made a motion to have the debris removed by the end of the month, which would be verified by a codes officer.

For the property on Earlene Court, the board gave Sowers and Lockhart 60 days to complete the items on the check-list and have the property up to code.

The next Codes Enforcement meeting will be held in September.

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