Run down buildings or property is not something you see much in the city of Celina, but the new administration wants to be proactive on the few issues that may arise. There have been a few complaints and they looked at the current ordinance which wasn't adequate to address the problems. The new Law Director researched and talked other communities and established an ordinance that will allow the city to demolish properties that are deemed unsafe for the community. "
Celina Safety Services Director, Tom Hitchcock, said "The big examples are the roof is collapsing, there's holes and broken windows, no doors. Anything that would allow water to get in and out of the property or animals to get in or out of the property which could produce a breeding grounds. Most of these properties will be vacant homes."
Owners will have sixty days to comply and can appeal the demolition to a five members appeals board.