City Council members, who have been complaining for months about the condition of the former Sacred Heart High School building, reacted favorably to the work that was done there recently.

City Council members, who have been complaining for months about the condition of the former Sacred Heart High School building, reacted favorably to the work that was done there recently.
The property is owned by Daniel Siniawa of Siniawa & Associates, developer of the Pioneer Plaza project on South Main Street. He acquired the former school in August of 2007, and for the past several months the council members have been asking him to board up the dozens of smashed windows on the south side of the building.
"It's finally been boarded up," Councilman Dr. Joseph Marzzacco noted during a meeting on Monday night, Dec. 17.
He commended Chris Pezak, the city's code enforcement officer, for getting Siniawa to take action.
Councilman Francis Lagana agreed, stating, "It took a long time, but we got it done."
Lagana also thanked city solicitor Atty. Frank Ruggiero for the role he played in bringing the matter to a resolution. Ruggiero deflected any credit, saying Pezak deserved it.
Yet at a meeting last month, it was Ruggiero who really pressed the issue and laid down the law.
When the council members complained, yet again, about the Sacred Heart building and Pezak said he would send another notice to Siniawa, Ruggiero responded that the time for notices had passed. He pointed out that Siniawa had agreed in the summer to send a work crew to the building and secure it, but he didn't follow through on his promise. Instead, he told city officials that his workers are equipment were tied up on the Pioneer Plaza project.
But Ruggiero said that excuse would no longer wash, either.
"Tell him to do what he said he would do," he instructed Pezak. Otherwise, Ruggiero warned, "it's a problem."
"But if he does what he already agreed to do, then there's no problem," he offered.
Pezak told the NEWS last week that everyone seems pleased with the results.
"They did a good job with it," he offered, stating that Siniawa "realized it was something that had to be done."
Mayor Justin Taylor added that Siniawa used a special type of plywood to board up the windows, and paint to match the color of the building.
"It does look nice," he noted. "Hopefully we won't have any more issues at the building now that the work has been done."