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Carthage orders demolition of Adelaide Street building deemed unsafe


CARTHAGE — Declaring the situation an emergency, the village president has ordered the demolition of a hazardous building.

The village Board of Trustees held a second evidentiary hearing last week for 511 Adelaide St., still with no response from property owner Ricky W. Meyers of Phoenix. A letter requesting his presence at Monday’s meeting was returned unopened.

At a Sept. 16 hearing, the board determined that the property, which once housed Wag Foods distribution center, is unsafe because of openings that would allow people to enter and would attract vermin. At that time it was decided that if the owner did not correct the code violations, the village Department of Public Works would handle the situation. Code Enforcement Officer Robert B. Ball determined that the building is structurally unsound.

In a report presented Monday, Mr. Ball recommended the building be condemned and demolished because of its dilapidated condition. Village President G. Wayne McIlroy said he had observed a large fuel tank in the ground and a fuel tank in the basement. Village attorney Mark G. Gebo recommended the state Department of Environmental Conservation be notified of the tanks.

Mr. McIlroy obtained a quote from Independent Commercial Contractors Inc. to abate and demolish the property, and he also received a quote from GYMO Architecture, Engineering & Land Surveying PC, Watertown, to perform an asbestos survey. After the demolition was authorized because of the unsafe conditions and it was declared an emergency, Mr. McIlroy was authorized to contract with the companies at a cost of about $75,000. Payment for the project will come from the Village Blight Fund and the Village Loan Fund.

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