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Lenox: Town in junk-removal business

"What the law was suppose to do was get the people to comply," said Councilman Anthony Palamara.

"Exactly," said DiVeronica. "Are we gonna abide by the law? We are, right?"

The board approved a motion to immediately impose the property maintenance law on Bruce Hollenbeck.

A half-hour after the meeting began, Kevin Peebles, the father-in-law of Bruce Hollenbeck, attended the public hearing on Hollenbeck's behalf.

"He's been cleaning all afternoon," Peebles said.

"He should be here," Stagnitti said.

"Well, I'm trying to keep [him] out of jail," Peebles said. "He's ready to poke somebody."

"We don't want to send him to jail," DiVeronica said. "We want him to clean the mess up. He's had since 1999 to bring it up to code."

"You get know arguments from me," Peebles said. "But he's having financial problems."

"Cleaning up is not a financial problem. How would you like to live across from that."

"I'm trying to avoid the town from coming in," Peebles said.

"Too late. He should have thought about it a long time ago," DiVeronica said.

The board made a motion to amend the immediate action and give Hollenbeck until the first week in January.

Clean up number two

The board also approved action the first week in January on property owned by Nhung VanSlyke, located at 7046 Bruce Road.

VanSlyke did not attend the public hearing.

VanSlyke was cited for having numerous motor vehicles on the property, debris on the property, failure to repair the septic tank, which was also in violation of the county Health Department and the illegal conversion of a single family dwelling into a two family dwelling. Violations date back to 1993 on the property.

VanSlyke was served a 10-day abatement letter Oct. 2.

Stagnitti said that VanSlyke has never made any attempts to clean up the property.

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