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Manlius: Battle on the Bluffs

Manlius residents Joe and Marcia Novek of 8183 Bluffview Drive have been battling the town since last year over property maintenance code violations pertaining to their neighbor's home.

In a letter to a town official, the Noveks, who live in the townhouse adjacent to the one owned by Maureen and Robert Daley at 8181 Bluffview Drive, cited seven code violations on the Daleys' property they say pose safety threats. The Noveks were assisted by Kirkville resident Lou Van Wie, a former home inspector who was once New York State certified in building codes.

Van Wie and the Noveks insist that violations posing dangerous safety threats on the Daleys' property are not being firmly addressed by Dave Tessier, director of planning and development for the town of Manlius. These violations result from a 2002 mudslide that created an 80-foot drop in the backyards of the four-unit condominium that rests above Limestone Creek.

The Daleys, meanwhile, say that the problems will be addressed.

"As soon as the weather permits, everything will be taken care of," said Maureen Daley. She said that she and her husband have addressed the code violation issues with Tessier. "We are in constant open communication with the town," she said, adding that they are in contact with town officials every 10 days to two weeks. "As far as resolving code violations, the townspeople have checked inside and out to make sure it was structurally safe and it is."

Violations outlined

On Dec. 29, the Noveks sent a letter to Tessier outlining each violation in detail, backed with documentation from the property maintenance section of the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code. Violations fit under specific sections, including unsafe structures and equipment; electrical equipment; applicability; exterior stairs; exterior property; and rubbish and garbage.

Violations that pertain to the mismanagement of sump pump discharge and two downspout leaders have the Noveks in disarray over the stability of the building's foundation.

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