Bluffview residents want action on code violations

In a struggle with the town that's lasted more than five years, Joe and Marcia Novek of 8183 Bluffview Drive again confronted the Manlius Town Board June 10 about their neighbor's lack of adhering to codes requirements. The Noveks reside in a townhouse that was hit with a major mudslide in 2002, creating an 80-foot drop in the backyard of the four-unit condominium that rests above Limestone Creek.

Joe Novek said that in March, the codes enforcement officer cited the property with a violation for a stairway that requires attention. Tessier recommended the stairway be removed and gave Maureen and Robert Daly of 8181 Bluffview Drive a 30-day notice. He then extended the notice another 30 days on May 6. The Dalys have not yet met code standards.

"All we want is to make the Dalys do what any property owner would do -- fix the codes," Novek said.

Another issue pertaining to the Bluffs involves an ongoing drainage project that was the result of a 2007 engineering study conducted by Barton & Loguidice. The study, which is almost complete, stemmed from an informal petition submitted by area residents in 2005 who were concerned about several recurring drainage problems within the Bluffs. The same people are concerned the project is far from finished due to a recent structural failure -- the complete collapse of a basement wall.

Bluffview resident Mary Carlucci said the second townhouse, where the collapse occurred, has had an issue with standing water for years.

"[We] don't want a reputation that the Bluffs are not sound," she said.

In addition, the study did not include building No. 1 where the Noveks reside, a location that's downgrade of the water flow from the rest of the development. Novek, who also signed the petition along with his wife, insists the board excluded their building on purpose.

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