In recent years I have received many complaints about a property at 24 Joyce Road. It’s a big eyesore –a property owner started building a home but never completed the work. The abandoned property has been boarded up, impacting the quality of life for neighbors. It’s been frustrating . We’ve issued violations and summons over the years. The owner of the property requested that the town provide him with extensions so he could complete the work. We granted an extension a few years ago – but construction was never completed.
Today the case was scheduled for trial. This is what happened, according to the town atty:
The above captioned case was scheduled for trial today (5/28/08) and the defendants retained counsel to negotiate a plea. Both property owners pled guilty to violating several NYS Property Maintenance Codes. They agreed to demolish the structure that is presently at 24 Joyce Road after obtaining a demolition permit as well as any other necessary permits. They contend that they lacked the finances to complete the building so they opted to demolition it. They agreed to grade the property and plant grass seeds once the building is demolished. Judge Friedman granted them until September 1, 2008, to complete this work. The defendants were ordered to apply for the demolition permit within the next week and fully cooperate with town officials in completing the work. The defendants received a total fine of $7,500. The remaining summonses will not be disposed of until September 3, 2008 so as to assure compliance with this stipulation.
Over the years I have suggested that the town adopt an abandoned property law to enable the town to take quicker action to address these eyesores. Neighbors of 24 Joyce Road have been living next door to an eyesore for a number of years. Other people should not be placed in a similar situation.