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Latham man says property citations unfair

The McGan family of Latham said they believe the Town of Colonie is unfairly targeting them for property maintenance violations.

At a Town Board meeting Wednesday, Aug. 12, Tim and Tracy McGan expressed their distaste at being cited by the town's building department for violations of the New York State Property Maintenance Code at their Michelangelo Street home.

The violations cited by the town were section 302.4, stating a property must keep weeds or plant growth lower than 10 inches, and section 302.8, a property cannot contain two or more inoperative or unlicensed vehicles parked on the premises.

The McGans said those issues were taken care of by Aug. 9, the time given to them in an Order to Remedy Violation letter from the department. The McGans also spoke at a July 15 board meeting on the issue, saying many of the things they had been cited for had already been remedied.

They said they were going check into the matter then and they didn't, Tim McGan said. "And if they did, they didn't do it satisfactorily or they didn't do a follow up. They didn't complete the job."

Currently, there is only one car on the premises that is unlicensed, but according to Building Department Director Mike Rosch, town code stipulates vehicle cannot be in major disassembly, meaning it must be able to start up and be driven. He also said that Code Enforcement Officer Paul Shepard informed him that the car's tires were flat and the car itself was full of junk.

McGan said the car was filled with junk when Shepard first inspected the property, but he has since cleared everything out of the car and would have it completely empty by Aug. 15. The car had not been driven on the road since 1997 and has a little over 4,000 miles on it. He said that the tires were flat but he had them filled by Aug. 9.

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