Owners of two blighted Shamokin buildings told to clean it up
SHAMOKIN - City officials continue to address three properties along North Shamokin Street that are in shambles.
Cpl. Bryan Primerano cited Larry Burda, of Shamokin, Tuesday night for creating a nuisance by allowing his property at 701-703 N. Shamokin St. to remain in a state of collapse.
Meanwhile, Stephen Bednar, of Shamokin, and his son, Jared, owners of the former Hardshell Cafe at 422 N. Shamokin St. and an adjoining structure, were given a two-week notice to start demolition or face citations. James L. Neidlinger Jr., 22, of Shamokin, is accused of starting the fire at Hardshell Cafe Jan. 24, 2013, and has been incarcerated since Jan. 29, 2013, at Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.
"He (Jarrod Bednar) needs to get moving on it, and get moving on it quick," Rick Bozza, code enforcement officer, said Tuesday. "We want to see machinery in there in two weeks."
Bozza, Primerano and firefighters responded around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to 701-703 N. Shamokin St. after a large piece of aluminum roofing came off and landed on a sidewalk along Commerce Street. A tar bucket used to weigh down the roof was on the edge of the roof and was in danger of falling, Primerano said.
"This was the second piece that blew off within two days," Bozza said.
Burda, who officials say is currently in a hospital, owns a condemned building on the same block, 717-719 N. Shamokin St., which was damaged in an arson fire Sept. 5, 2012. The back of the building was partially torn down. Neidlinger is accused in that fire, as well as a blaze that destroyed a triple home in the 600 block of East Sunbury Street Jan. 28, 2013.
Burda was found guilty of 36 code violations in October for property deficiencies and has been cited several more times since.