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Nocturnal noise and burned-out building irk elderly neighbor

— Post-midnight gatherings at a burned-out house and property on River Street have annoyed an elderly neighbor who took her complaints to the Town Board Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Mary Frunzgeld, 84, complained to the board that between 1:30 and 3:30 a.m. each night, she is awakened by noise and lights of neighboring newspaper delivery workers. She said a vehicle drops off bundles of Post-Star newspapers to the porch of 119 River St., where drivers gather and divvy them up to deliver to customers in the early morning hours. She complained that she is regularly wakened up by the noise of the next-door conversations, closing car doors, and lights from vehicles.

“It sounds like they are having a picnic out there,” she said. “I’d like to get a good night’s sleep,” she said.

Frunzgeld also complained about the burnt-wood odors still emanating from the building, which suffered substantial damage in an April 2, 2008 fire and has not been renovated or repaired since.

Warrensburg Code Enforcement Officer Christopher Belden contacted Warren County Building Codes Administrator Karen Putney in June, stating that the structures on the property were in “horrible” condition and were posing a significant health and safety hazard.

Several weeks later, a building code violation notice was sent to Sylvia Webster, demanding that the barn must be repaired or demolished, and that both the barn and house must be assessed by a professional architect or engineer to determine its fate.

Perna responded that he’d be repairing the home and removing the garage this fall. Belden notified Perna of how if appropriate action is taken, the town can proceed under its Unsafe Buildings act to demolish the structures and charge him and Sylvia Webster for the demolition work, enforced through a lien on their property.

Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said Sept. 14 that town officials would be working with the county Code Enforcement office to get action taken on the building.

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