Maintenance law applied

Officials have approved the immediate clean up of a Van Buren property.

The Codes Enforcement Department requested the Van Buren Town Board apply the property maintenance law, which was enacted last fall, to 106 Fairwood Drive, a vacant property emitting a foul smell and in desperate need of upkeep.

"The code officer said you can't get within 40 feet of the house due to the stench," said Supervisor Claude Sykes.

The board approved the clean up at a cost not to exceed $1,000 and the town will place a lien on the property, which is scheduled to go to auction in the near future, to recover the funds. According to officials, the codes department is currently reviewing other properties that the property maintenance law could apply to within the town.

"I'm glad we can use this law to help residents," said Councilor Ronald Dudzinski.

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