A dozen village of Dolgeville residents petitioned the board of trustees Monday evening to condemn the rental property at 6 Dunckel St.
"We'd like to see the house condemned and demolished," said Dunckel Street resident Marcia Bowers. "The house is in poor condition and is infested with pests. I've had to throw away groceries because of the cockroaches that have entered my home. I've had to clean my home time and time again because of the cockroaches that have made their way from that house to mine. I've even had to spend $600 to have Orkin come and spray. The home needs a roof, it needs plumbing, it needs a furnace, it needs electrical wiring - something has to be done because it's not fit for people to live in."
Property owner Evelyn Mooan said she recently paid to have trash removed from the residence and also called Orkin to rid the home of cockroaches and other pests.
"The property has been cleaned and the pests and insects could have come from outside sources like a grocery store. It's still a nice home," the Boonville resident said.
Mooan added the roof, which village Trustees Donna Loucks and Mary Puznowski said appears as though it is about to cave in, does not leak.
"I find that hard to believe," said Puznowski. "There's no way that house does not need a new roof. You can tell by looking at it from the outside that it is buckling."
"The home has fallen into disrepair," said Loucks. "The neighbors have to come to us four or five times with complaints about this property and something has to be done. It's not enough to fix the property up after there is a complaint, it needs to be maintained."
Mooan said she rents the apartments at 6 Dunckel St. to low- and moderate-income families and individuals. She said some of the home's previous tenants left their personal belongings and other items at the residence when the moved out.
"That's why I had to get a 22-foot dumpster to haul all of that away," she said. "There's no trash or junk in and around the building. It's all been cleaned up and hauled away."
Bowers disagreed with Mooan. "There's still trash and garbage behind the garage," she said. "The home is still in bad condition. I don't want to see her rent it out again."
One of the property's units is currently occupied, said Mooan.
"Unfortunately the home has been let go for years," said Mayor Bruce Lyon. "It hasn't been maintained and now it's almost to the point of where it might not be able to be saved. It's sad to see because at one time that was a nice looking home."
Mooan said her family members' recent health issues had a role in the home's demise.
Page 2 of 2 - "We are just starting to get caught up on what we need to do," she said, adding she has provided receipts of purchases made to improve the home to village Code Enforcement Officer Barry Vickers. "We're doing the things we need to do to take care of the home."
Lyon said Mooan would remain in contact with Vickers and would have to perform all of the repairs he deems necessary in order for the property to avoid being condemned.
"We're going to let Barry do his job. In addition, the village board has the option of taking action as the board of health which could condemn the home, if need be," he said.
"The home needs to be taken care of and it needs to be kept up," said Loucks. "We cannot continue to have the neighbors and other residents come to us with complaints."
"It's a beautiful neighborhood and we'd like to keep it that way," said Puznowski. "Things have gone down hill for too long when it comes to that house and it's going to take a lot of work to get it out of the condition that it's in."