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North Mechanic Street building still in disrepair


CARTHAGE — Despite some work being done at a structure at 208 N. Mechanic St., village President G. Wayne McIlroy said the site is still unsafe.

The discussion about the property, owned by Gary P. Trombley, came at the Aug. 18 village board of trustees meeting following last month’s evidentiary hearings concerning code violations for three properties.

“Gary has done some work and has put some two by fours up [to stabilize a wall] but it is still very unsafe ... he has taken the back wall completely out,” said Mr. McIlroy.

According to village attorney Mark G. Gebo, Mr. Trombley had been given more than two weeks to complete the needed repairs or demolition which should have been done by Monday’s meeting.

In addition to the work on the property rendering the structure less safe, Mr. McIlroy expressed concerns of sewer waste mixing with rainwater which Mr. Trombley allegedly has pumped out of the basement.

Department of Public Works superintendent Daniel F. Trembley reported a dye test was conducted from the neighboring property from which sewer lines run through the exposed basement to a nearby manhole. That test showed no leaks but the DPW crew was unable to test the Trombley property due to unsafe conditions. The DPW superintendent noted once the structure was safe or before the basement was filled in the sewer lines would have to be properly capped.

The board decided to have Mr. Gebo send a letter to Mr. Trombley stating it was the village’s intent have the building removed at the owner’s expense if the situation was not remedied within two weeks of the receipt of the letter.

In his report about two other properties cited for code violations, Mr. McIlroy said a garage at 419 N. Washington St., owned by Brian Becker, had been completely demolished and the garbage on the railroad property has been cleaned up. The village Department of Public Works removed debris at the CSX Transportation property on Bender Lane after unsanitary conditions were reported there, The action was taken following an evidentiary hearing at which there was no representation from the company. The cost of the clean-up — $319.21 — will be levied to CSX Transportation’s property tax bill.

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