Residents are complaining about a dilapidated home in South Bethlehem on Willowbrook Avenue. Town officials are hoping a solution can come out of a nearing court date.
continued Albertine did not return numerous calls to comment for this article.
Bouchard said the town has been in court with Albertine before in efforts to get him to clean up the property, but those orders have clearly not been carried out. The town’s next court date is April 28.
“Nothing has been done,” said Bouchard. “I take pictures in between each court date for my records. I’ve been working on it. I have a file thick enough to fill a filing cabinet.”
Although Sandy DiNoto is a Delmar resident, she has a friend how lives in South Bethlehem and she has walked by the dilapidated home for years while they exercise.
“I feel there is a double standard here,” she wrote in an email. “This has been a mess for years. If it was in the middle of Delmar, it would never be tolerated.”
Bouchard said all cases are treated the same by the town, but property owners must be given time to repair the home if they wish. It then goes to the court system. He said there is a law in place that stipulates the town can tear down the house if it is abandoned and in ill repair, but it doesn’t specify a time limit.
According to Bouchard, if Albertine does not show up for the court date or the judge doesn’t take sufficient action, he will go before the Town Board to get approval for the town engineer to condemn the home.
“I can’t do that. I’m not a structural engineer,” said Bouchard. “But at this point it’s uninhabitable. There are too many codes not met, but it could possibly be repaired depending on what the engineer sees.”
Goss said it’s embarrassing when people come into the neighborhood for the first time and see the home.