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Augusta code enforcement issues maintenance notices to River Glen Apartments manager

Friday, June 14, 2013 6:33 PM
Last updated Saturday, June 15, 2013 1:53 AM
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Maintenance issues at River Glen Apart­ments forced Augusta’s code enforcement department to issue warnings to the property manager this week.

Mold, broken windows and damaged floor tiles were discovered at River Glen Apartments, a Section 8 complex on Telfair Street. Residents have been complaining to the city this month.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Mold, broken windows and damaged floor tiles were discovered at River Glen Apartments, a Section 8 complex on Telfair Street. Residents have been complaining to the city this month.

Mold, broken windows and damaged floor tiles were discovered at the Section 8 housing complex on Telfair Street after dozens of complaints from residents.

River Glen tenants began contacting the code enforcement division this month. Inspectors spent several days inspecting 23 units, said Pam Costabile, the code enforcement division manager.

“There are some mold issues, most of which are along the (air-conditioner) vents,” she said.

Cheryl Bryant, who was evicted from River Glen in May, started a petition that was submitted to the Augusta Commission this month. She lived in the complex for 10 years, and in the past three years dealt with broken kitchen cabinets and mold underneath the kitchen sink.

A code enforcement officer inspected her unit at the end of May, Bryant said.

“She went in and saw all the mold and took pictures,” she said. “I would have rather left on a better note.”

The complex is managed by PK Manage­ment. Calls to the company’s corporate office in Greenville, S.C., were not returned Friday.

“The (property’s) district manager, was down and they said they’re going to be taking immediate action,” Costabile said.

The inspected units averaged five to seven code violations, Costabile said. Water was entering broken and loose windows, caulking was missing around bathtubs and floor tiles needed repairs.

“Some didn’t have working smoke detectors, and that’s a big deal that they are going to have to fix immediately,” Costabile said.

Other issues were caused by tenants. In one unit, the resident was throwing grease out of a second-floor window. Liquor bottles and debris were found in hallways and common areas, Costabile said.

She said warning notices were mailed to the property manager, with more coming as inspections continue. Normally, property managers are given 30 days to correct violations or show they have hired a contractor to begin repairs that can take longer than 30 days.

After visiting some tenants Thursday, Commissioner Bill Fennoy said many units are not suitable for habitation.

He fears that people are living with health hazards because they are afraid to
voice concerns to management.

“I don’t want the residents to be intimidated, but I want to do whatever I can to improve the quality of life down there,” Fennoy said.

The apartment complex has long been plagued by crime, too, with three homicides since 2011.

The Augusta Housing Au­thor­ity reviews Section 8 applications and sends eligible applicants to PK Management.

Executive Director Jacob Oglesby said the authority inspects units at least once a year.

The U.S. Department of Hou­sing and Urban Develop­ment sets minimum housing standards that properties must maintain in order
to receive payment from the housing authority, Oglesby said.

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Riverman1 06/15/13 - 12:09 am
How hard would it be for the

How hard would it be for the residents to clean off the mold on the air conditioner vents, caulk around the tubs, fix broken floor tiles and pick up the trash in the halls?

jmo 06/15/13 - 05:55 am
No Riverman.....

That would mean that you have to take a little initiative and do something for yourself and not have it handed it to you.

...point to ponder
...point to ponder 06/15/13 - 07:29 am
...commissioner there quickly....

If all our Commissioners were quick to get to a troubled area then our Ruverwslk area would have received the required maintenance years ago when it was evident, obvious and reported that the Riverwalk was falling apart and unsafe.

It is obvious our Commission is reactive and not proactive which reflects a loss of time and money.

soapy_725 06/15/13 - 07:31 am
Tear the "sore eye" down and build

a new complex in S Augusta. Sore eye. Sore eye.

MTBer 06/15/13 - 07:43 am
My house

I am looking around my house this morning, as I read this article, and I don't see any mold, broken tiles, busted cabinets, broken windows, etc. Like others have said, and many are thinking, that is because this is my house, a place that I live in, and a place that my wife and I take care of. Just an observation.

KSL 06/15/13 - 08:09 am
Cheryl lived there 10 years

Cheryl lived there 10 years and then got evicted. That speaks volumes right there.

Augusta resident
Augusta resident 06/15/13 - 10:52 am
Maybe if they cut their own

Maybe if they cut their own grass there would be money to spend on their sanitation. You get what you pay for.

gargoyle 06/15/13 - 02:51 pm
What about sending cleaning

What about sending cleaning supplies instead of people to clean up. A gallon of bleach and jug of Lysol goes a long way instilling pride in ones surroundings. As far as smoke detectors no excuses made for the property owner , fines should be enforced. How has the property passed yearly fire inspection? Damages inside the apartments fall into the category of were the units damaged before the tenants moved in or after, before the owner responsible after the tenant is liable. Even free or low cost rent should have basic responsibilities.

KSL 06/15/13 - 10:50 pm
Yeah, really.

Yeah, really.

Cadence 06/16/13 - 12:19 am
I have often thought about that.

Residents of public housing and apartments complain about filth, garbage, urine in the hallways and such. If everyone cleaned their own little area, it could be a nice place. I know it is a rental, but a dab of paint, some bleach and cleansers, would not cost much. I take pride in my home, dump though it is LOL. It's clean and no one pees in the halls.

Bulldog 08/14/13 - 08:42 am

The people who live there, tear up the place and then complain are disgusting! Broken floor tile!?! Broken cabinets!?! Broken windows!?!These are hardly routine maintenance items. Are property owners supposed to pay for people tearing up their apartments? It is abundantly obvious that a large number of these people are subhuman leaches. I begin to get the picture why this woman was evicted... How depraved!

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