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Town to clean up Carey Road property in Massena

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MASSENA - Massena’s town supervisor says the town will be cleaning up a parcel on the Carey Road after lodging an investigation when a complaint was filed with town officials that the property was not being properly maintained.

Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said the town began an effort to each out to the property’s owner and have the parcel cleaned up. But he saidthat wasn’t a simple task.

“Whoever owns this property is going to pay for it,” Mr. Gray said, noting there seems to be some dispute as to whether the property has been repossessed and is now under bank ownership.

Two large piles of debris sit on the property, which is clearly vacant and marked with multiple “No Trespassing” signs.

“The bottom line is we’re going to clean it up and put it on the property’s tax bill,” he said.

Mr. Gray said the property at 127 Carey Road was targeted as the result of a citizen complaint.

“There’s not always a code issue. If you don’t like the color of your neighbor’s house, there isn’t much we can do about it, but if there is a code enforcement issue we’ll do what we can,” he said.

If anyone has concerns about a property in the township, Mr. Gray said they can contact either his office of the code enforcement office.

“We’ll do something about the other properties when we hear about them,” he said. “When we hear about something, we do what we can to fix it.”

Mr. Gray also noted that without a code enforcement officer for the past several months issues like excess garbage and debris littering a property haven’t been easy to deal with.

“The firemen are doing an outstanding job, but obviously they have other jobs to do as well,” he said. “When we have a code enforcement officer on staff, we will have more time to deal with things like this,” he said.

The town board hired Peter Devine to serve as a part-time code enforcement officer at its meeting earlier this month. He is expected to begin working in that post next month.

Mr. Gray explained that while cleaning up a property may seem simple there’ a lot more to it than many people realize.

“When it comes to things like this, you have to make several visits,” he said. “It becomes very labor intensive.”

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