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Village cleans up two properties

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MASSENA - The village of Massena recently cleaned up two properties that were littered with trash and debris and will be billing the property owners for the work.

The properties at 53 Liberty St. and 100 Pine St. were cleaned up by village Department of Public Works employees, as code enforcement officers and village police stood by to make sure there were no problems as the work was taking place.

“We had a couple of residents who were, for the lack of a better word, habitual hoarders,” Mayor James F. Hidy said. “We went in and cleaned these facilities.”

Kimberly and Jason Bullock own the 53 Pine St. property, while 100 Liberty is owned by Douglas Monro. Both homes are owner-occupied properties.

Since these two properties were cleaned up, Mr. Hidy said he has heard from many residents in both communities, who are thankful for the village taking the steps needed to help clean up its streets.

“We have gotten several phone calls from residents in those neighborhoods who are extremely grateful,” Mr. Hidy said. “We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing. It makes a difference.”

Fire Department Foreman and interim Code Enforcement Officer Ken McGowan said this isn’t the first time the village has stepped in to clean up 53 Pine St.

“This is the second time the DPW has been there,” he said, noting the bill for clean up work last springwas more than $1,000.

“People need to clean up their trash,” he said.

Mr. Hidy said these two properties should serve as examples for people to take care of their property, noting village officials will continue cleaning up properties if their owners refuse to do so.

“It’s not only these two locations, there are others,” he said.

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