Unsightly property owners given another chance

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - Some property owners in Colchester County will potentially have one final chance to clean up their unsightly properties.
Three cases of dangerous or unsightly properties came before council committee Thursday night. Mannie Withrow, the county's building inspector, said he "received a number of complaints" in early April about Earl Weatherbee and Tracey Lynds' property of 937 Belmont Rd., Belmont. At issue is miscellaneous junk and debris remaining from a fire, unfilled foundation and unlevelled ground. After an initial inspection, the property was not cleaned up.
Council committee is recommending council give a 30-day notice to the owners to clean up the site in regards to the aforementioned issues.
Edmond and Sabah Kanaan's property at 1402 Highway 2, Hilden was also before council committee.
"There was a complaint from the Hilden Community Association (in mid-April)," said Withrow at the meeting.
Withrow told councillors the former pizzeria with a two-storey apartment in the back was dilapidated after being damaged by fire. The foundation was not filled in, the lot was not levelled to a satisfactory standard and debris needed to be disposed.
The building in question was in the midst of demolition on Friday, therefore effectively dealing with that situation.
Carl and Marina Creelman's property at 69 Jameson Rd., Cloverdale, Middle Stewiacke was also reviewed.
At consideration was the removal of all derelict vehicles, farm and auto parts. The property also requires the repair or demolition of all necessary buildings and piling all firewood and removing miscellaneous junk.
Withrow inspected the property in late September and gave 60 days for the "massive" cleanup. In November, Creelman, a long-haul trucker, requested an extension and was given until April 3.
"It was rolling into a hard winter so I thought it was only fair," said Withrow. In April, the property was in "a similar state," said Withrow.
"I started cleaning up and would like 90 days," to finish the cleanup ... because "sometimes I'm gone for a week or two at a time for work," said Creelman.
"This is one of the worst (cases) I've seen of my eight years here," said Coun. Glen Edwards.
Council committee ultimately voted to recommend to council to grant 90 days for cleanup.
Final decisions will be voted on at the end of the month. If cleanup as required does not take place, the county will take action with the onus on the owner to pay the bill.

Organizations: Hilden Community Association

Geographic location: Colchester County, Jameson, Cloverdale

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