Owners of burned Blasdell home ordered to do maintenance by June 28 or risk fine - The Buffalo News
print logo

Owners of burned Blasdell home ordered to do maintenance by June 28 or risk fine

The current owners of a building damaged in a fire last December have until June 28 to do some maintenance agreed upon with the Village of Blasdell or risk a fine.

Village Attorney James M. Shaw told attorney Kevin J. Rautenstrauch, representing current owners Brian and Nadine Stroud during Wednesday’s public hearing, that the village wants a number of problems remedied by June 28 to avoid a fine.

The Strouds live in California but have an agreement to sell the building at 3705 South Park Ave.

According to Rautenstrauch, he expects the deal to be finalized by mid-July.

Joseph R. Boncore, Town of Hamburg code enforcement officer, said he did not believe that the structure was unsafe after the fire because the blaze was confined to one area.

“I concluded that the building did not pose an immediate threat,” Boncore said. “If it did I would have ordered demolition that night.”

The first problem to be corrected, Shaw said, is extermination and rodent control. Shaw said there are “two gaping holes” on the property, including one that borders an adjoining home on the ground level.

Shaw also asked that a small hole on the roof be taken care of because of concerns about rodents.

Trustee Louis A. McDonald asked that the proposal be amended to also require that the building be boarded up while the extermination is taking place so the rodents don’t run into nearby properties, including his.

“The problem is the food stuff was left in the building,” McDonald said.

Shaw also asked that the lawn be mowed, the bushes trimmed and brush clippings and other debris be picked up.

Rautenstrauch told the village that his clients would comply, and the board approved the arrangement by a 3-0 vote. Trustees Matthew A. Chandler and Robert C. Hefner Jr. were absent from the meeting.

There are no comments - be the first to comment