Town of Plattsburgh Officials are now in the final phases of having the burned remains of the property at 310 Stafford Road Demolished.. The work was put on hold by what Councilman Marty Mannix describes as state law forcing more unnecessary expense for the county and for the town..
“They sent an inspector in to inspect the property and the inspector indicated that the building was unsafe and would not enter the property. We have a limited number of inspectors who can inspect the property for aspestos. State Law says if the property can’t be inspected, the entire building is considered to have aspestos.”
“It needs to be torn down but it’s also costing a lot more that it needed to cost to have the building torn down.”
The Town Board has entered into two additional contracts now for asbestos abatement and demolition which were not originally going to be required.. The costs of these contracts may be absorbed by Clinton County if the value of the property in a sale can’t cover the Town’s expenses..
The City of Plattsburgh has asked their Building Inspector Joe McMahon to begin developing a list of properties that appear to be in a similar situation as the one on Stafford Road and there are a few.. Their plan is to investigate the question of how to appropriately deal with what councilman Dale Dowdle refers to as Zombie Properties at a future work-session.. Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett says the issue isn’t just unique to the town or the city.. “I have to give credit to the Clinton County Legislature, for helping us by ultimately making us whole by assuming the amounts due on their tax roles.” Bassett said. “If it’s your neighborhood, if it’s the house next door, you need it cleaned up because it won’t stop there. That’s where we’ve seen stories where it ends up another house, and then the whole street and then the hamlet and then you’ve got bigger problems.”