A handful of town residents voiced their concerns about a dilapidated property on Mayfield Drive during a public hearing before the Alden Town Board Monday evening.
The hearing was set to specifically address the safety of the garage on the property, located at 1214 Mayfield Drive. The Board will consider the environmental impact of tearing the garage down and form a resolution on demolishing it at next week’s work session, said Alden Town Supervisor Richard A. Savage.
According to property records, Susan Brennan owns the blighted property. Neighbors said it has been abandoned for several years.
Sue Walter, who lives two houses away from the property on Mayfield Drive, said the garage is falling over onto the property next door.
“It’s a disaster,” she said.
Savage said the expenses from tearing the garage down would be put on the homeowner’s tax roll.
“The unfortunate part about it is that all the town taxpayers have to foot the bill on the taxes until the money is recouped,” he said.
If the taxes go unpaid, Savage said, the county will eventually sell the property, and make the town whole.
“It still takes a number of years to get to that, usually,” he said.
The home had been in foreclosure proceedings, said Town Attorney Jennifer L. Strong. However, the loan company, Caliber Home Loans, released the lien on the mortgage when notified of the public hearing.
“The bank is giving it back to Ms. Brennan, and washing their hands of it,” Strong said, noting that she is still checking county records to make sure that is what happens.
“I’ve never heard of that before,” Savage replied.
The house on the property is also in disrepair, said Cindy Reger, who lives across the street from the home.
“The roof is falling in. It’s terrible,” she said.
At some point in the future, Savage said, the board may look at tearing down the home, as well.
“I don’t think it’s at that point yet,” he said.
“The ideal thing is if someone would knock down that garage and rehab the house,” he added.
Building Inspector Christopher M. Snyder said the town has already received three bids on tearing down the garage.
In other town news, the Board passed a resolution permitting the town to join Erie County’s contract with Sunnking Electronics Recycling for 2016. Under the contract, the town will soon be able to handle e-waste drop off at Alden Town Hall. Residents will need to show proof of residency in either the Town Clerk’s office, or the Supervisor’s office in order to discard of e-waste.