Saranac Lake Declares Two Nuisance Properties

The Village of Saranac Lake will be taking control of the maintenance of two properties in the community.. The first is on 10 Ridge Way, and the second is 139 Park Street in Saranac Lake..  Village Manager Jeremy Evans told the board it’s not the first time there’s been a problem with the owner of 139 Park but it was brought back into compliance. “The village sent notice in August via certified letter and then delivered a second notice via certified mail and that one was also hand delivered by Saranac Lake Police.”

AUDIO – 111313 – Saranac Lake Declares Two Properties Nusiances

Mark Bealor and Michelle Searwall live right next to the property on Park Avenue which has been labeled as a nuisance property… Mark told the board he just wants to find out what’s going on with the sewer right next to his home. “That property has never been cared for, in fact the last time he showed up and never got out of his van in order to get the compliance.” Bealor continued by adding “there are raccoons in the house and other people are throwing their garbage in the back yard now because it’s cheaper than going to the dump.. ”

Village Trustee Ali Pellitiere says it’s a challenging process and the village board had to work carefully on the process to take over the property. He says it’s difficult when you begin the process of taking property away from someone..

The Board in both the case of 139 Park Avenue and 10 Ridge Way voted unanimously in favor of declaring the properties a Nuisance to the village.. They then agreed to hire an engineer to asses whether or not the buildings on those properties are safe, or will need to be torn down.. Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau told us following the meeting that he believes both property owners have had plenty of time to respond despite a plea from one of the owners for a two week delay..

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