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Westover weighs restricted choices to cope with Jackson Avenue property

WESTOVER — Westover residents dwelling close to the West Jackson Avenue dead-end want to the town for assist with a big, long-abandoned dwelling crumbling simply throughout the road. 

Sadly, on this case simply throughout the road can also be simply out of the town’s attain. 

In accordance with the county’s parcel viewer, the property in query sits at 140 Jackson St. and belongs to Sean Malone. 

“The underside line, councilor, is that property is exterior the town limits. We’re a political subdivision. Our energy and authority solely go so far as our metropolis’s political boundaries,” Metropolis Lawyer Tim Stranko defined in response to a query from Councilor Alli Jackson. “We’ve got no authority to behave on that property.” 

The town does have restricted choices, together with persuading the property proprietor to enter the town voluntarily via annexation. 

Mayor Bob Lucci stated he intends to have that dialog with the house owners of the dilapidated property in query in addition to 142 Jackson St., which is maintained, and the one different dwelling on that aspect of the road. 

Summer season Hartley lives on Jackson Avenue throughout from the eyesore. She stated it’s been deserted for a decade or extra, drawing squatters and criminal activity. 

“The porch is falling off the home. There are holes within the ceiling. There are two very giant useless bushes which are on the financial institution that can fall onto a home inside metropolis limits. I really feel that it’s a urgent matter,” she stated. 

Hartley went on to clarify laws handed in 2021 provides the town the flexibility to sue the county to treatment the scenario, noting, “I believe we have to press a bit on this.” 

Each Stranko and Lucci stated the town is conscious of its choices, however not in a rush to sue the county. 

“There’s really one other home we’re going to attempt to get within the metropolis as nicely. I’d like to have them in there. We’re going to ask them each collectively to see if we will get them in,” Lucci stated. “We’re going to attempt to try this. We don’t actually need to sue the county fee if we don’t need to, to be fairly sincere. I do know that’s an possibility … nevertheless it’s absolutely the final resort.” 

In different Westover information, the second studying of sewer fee will increase for metropolis residents was pushed again to April 1. The third studying and public listening to might be held April 15.