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West Orange appoints new city attorney

By Dawn Burleigh

Dawn.burleigh@orangeleader.com

 

WEST ORANGE — Attorney Rex Peveto was named the new attorney for the city of West Orange during the Monday evening council meeting.

Previous City Attorney Joe Alford passed away in May.

“I feel Peveto will do an excellent job,” West Orange Mayor Roy McDonald said. “He was very excited about the opportunity. He has been helping out during Joe’s illness.”

Council also approved to repair, remove or demolish structures at five properties within the city.

Attorney Alan Sanders recommended 30 days to allow time for publication of the council’s decision.

Sanders, who is assisting the city with the properties, said all attempts to reach the owners has been done, and the structures were found to be substandard during inspections.

West Orange City Council Member Carl Thibodeaux said a landowner had contacted him concerning the cost of the demolition.

“They are OK with the demolition, “ Thibodeaux said. “They cannot afford the demolition. Even afterwards, if the lot was sold, it would not cover the cost of the demolition.”

The properties could have a lien placed on the lots for attorney fees and the cost of demolition.

“The council can reduce or abolish a lien,” Chief of Police Michael S. Stelly said.