Neglected buildings

PORT HENRY - The Moriah town board wants to see the community cleaned up.

Noting several burned out buildings and other neglected properties in the community, trustees promised action during a recent town board meeting.

"We need to make an effort to get some of these areas cleaned up," Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said.

Shells of burned out buildings are a particular problem, Scozzafava noted, both aesthetically and for safety reasons.

Rich LaPier, town building codes officer, has issued citations to several owners of burned buildings, Scozzafava noted. Those citations must be answered in town court.

The supervisor also pointed to a town law that allows the town to clean up dangerous properties and bill the owner. If no action comes from the citations, the town may be forced to go that route, Scozzafava said.

Citing the national recession, Scozzafava said financial pressures and bank foreclosures are adding to the problem of neglected properties.

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