(Atlantic) An Atlantic business owner is asking the Atlantic City Council to give him a 24-month extension to meet city inspection codes or face fines.
A letter was sent to Roger Steffens last March stating that his property at the corner of 5th and Poplar Street needed to be brought up to specs by October 1, or he would face fines of $250.00 for every month after that. Roger Steffens, owner of the S.F. Martin House appeared in front of the city Council Wednesday night and explained that he would not be able to meet the October 1 deadline.
According to Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones, Steffens needs to make the front entrance safe and put up new siding and paint it.Steffens claims it would detract from his goals of complete restoration of the S.F. Martin House which is listed as a “National Register” property. Steffens wants more time to fully restore his “Bed and Breakfast” and needs to work unrestrained for the next 24-months to ensure quality workmanship on the exterior just as the interior is now.
“I want to do all of this work anyway and it’s more of the timing,” stated Steffens. “I am simply going to need more time to do the work in what I consider the right way.”
Atlantic City Councilman Shawn Shouse says it not the type of work being done that is the problem; it is all about the amount of time it is taking to get it done.
“I am glad to see the progress that you are making and I for one have absolutely no problem with you wanting to do a quality job,” said Shouse. “I don’t think anybody is going to argue with you that you have the right to do it the way you think is best. The letter doesn’t say anything about the quality of work that you are doing, it is all about the timing.”
Roger Steffens will be meeting with Assistant City Administrator John Lund today at 10:00 a.m.
September 20, 2012