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Building an environment to create safer neighborhoods is the next task envisioned by the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp.
Earlier this month, the land bank’s board discussed its latest initiative, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Gina Paradis, executive director of the land bank, said the program teaches homeowners landscaping measures such as creating clear site lines, how to strategically place bushes to prevent them from being used as hiding places for them. criminals and other common sense ideas to prevent crime.
Paradis said three law enforcement officers – two from the County Sheriff’s Office and one from the Jamestown Police Department – along with a health planner will be certified in Crime Prevention by Environmental Design, which will then lead to demonstration projects where local organizations and religious groups can learn the basics of crime prevention at home.
Paradis said the certification program will end at the end of the summer and a pilot program could be launched this fall.
Last year, Paradis told the Post-Journal that the land bank’s environmental design crime prevention program will be modeled after that launched in Flint, Mich., By Kettering University.
“They had made a similar program so I modeled my proposal on theirs”, she said last July. “They recently released a five-year report, so I shared it with the board so they could better understand how the program works.”
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¯ The Land Reserve is almost halfway through its new Hands On Neighborhoods program, which was the result of collaborative cleanup efforts in the City of Jamestown. Paradis said the program was well received during the first three clean-up efforts, with four more slated until October.
“We are always looking to recruit volunteers”, she said. “We want more people on board to plan and execute events. “
The new program is a collaboration of public, private and non-profit organizations that includes the City of Jamestown, Jamestown Renaissance Corp., Jamestown Tarp Skunks, Jamestown Police and Fire Departments, the Public Services Board of Jamestown and Zion Covenant Church. Program sponsors include the Lakeshore Savings Bank, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation.
The next clean-up day will be July 17 and will take place in the neighborhoods around North Main Streets in Washington between 12th and 18th Streets. For more information, visit chqlandbank.org/handson.
The board has approved a resolution to take county title to the properties it will acquire through the demolished Chautauqua County tax foreclosure auction. Paradis said the county retains title to the properties that will eventually be transferred to the land bank for demolition, so title was not transferred multiple times before demolition.
“The county would retain (the title) in the foreclosure judgments, but would only transfer it after the demolition was completed and the land bank would then help negotiate a sale to the neighboring landowner,” she said. “That way we only transferred the title once instead of three.”
However, Paradis said county officials realized that by retaining title longer, he was continually paying taxes to local municipalities throughout the foreclosure and demolition process. She said it created a financial burden for the county.
“In the future, we will take the title”, she said. “It’s less of a burden on the county and more on the land reserve because once we take the title, we are responsible for the responsibility and maintenance like mowing the lawn. As good county partners, we wanted to do our part to help. “