Lenox: Wise Road clean-up exceeds $70,000

At that time Jayson said it would take approximately three to three-and-a-half weeks to complete the job on Wise Road. Jayson asked the board for a sheriff's escort because he said when he had looked at the property, the homeowner had threatened him.

At the December board meeting, DiVeronica said Judge Dennis McDermott had dismissed the case against the town by the Wells.' At that meeting, DiVeronica said the bills to clean up the property had exceeded $40,000. A hearing was scheduled with the town, the property owner and attorneys to dispute any costs.

At the hearing, which was held Jan. 9, the Wells' attorney, Ann Manion said the first time she was seeing the paperwork on the hearing was just before the hearing and was not prepared, but she did dispute a 10 percent administration fee included as legal fees. Manion also said she needed itemization of the [junk] removed from the property, and time sheets including hourly salaries of town employees.

As of the January hearing, the cost of the Wise Road clean-up was more than $73,000, which will be placed on the Wells' tax bill. If the homeowner does not pay, the county will foreclose.

"We all learned a little lesson here," DiVeronica said. "This is our first time with this, we are learning too."

"For the most part the job went pretty well," Jayson said. "I don't want any hard feelings with the board."

"It's the taxpayers money," DiVeronica said. "Understand we have to protect it."

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