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Property issues dominate town board meeting

— Five public hearings on various property issues took up much of the Skaneateles Town Board’s July 19 meeting, with the board addressing unsafe buildings, establishing a new drainage district and conveying land to Grace Chapel.

In follow-up actions from its June 22 meeting — which are also in the aftermath of the passage of the new local law on property maintenance — the board held public hearings concerning properties on Stump Road and Heifer Street, both of which Code Enforcement Officer Debbie Williams deemed unsafe.

The owners of the Stump Road property attended the hearing and told the board they are addressing the issue by hauling out trash, tearing down a dangerously decrepit outbuilding and securing the doors to the house. “We have no problem working with you and doing whatever needs to be done,” said Thomas Sheetz, son of the property owners, adding that he is currently working on selling the property.

Williams said she was satisfied that the family was addressing the unsafe conditions on the property, and asked that they keep in touch with her as the work progresses. They have 60 days to bring the property into code compliance.

The owners of the Heifer Street property, Edward and Betty Albring, did not attend the public hearing and no one else in the audience made any comments. Williams said the family did not respond to the notices she has sent them regarding code compliance on their property.

“This house is bad, it’s really bad. I think the best thing for it is to take it down,” Williams told the board, adding that the collapsed barn also needs to be cleaned up.

The board agreed to carry over the issue to its Aug. 2 meeting to verify the Albring family received the code enforcement notices. Councilor Jim Greenfield said he knows the Albring’s daughter and will speak to her about the property.

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