Bellows Falls Trustees discuss unsafe buildings

66 Atkinson St. Photo provided.

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Bellows Falls Village Trustees deliberated on the unsafe building ordinances of both 66 Atkinson St. and 203 Paper Mill Rd. They also agreed on a retirement gift for Kerry Bennett.

Chris Glennon, owner of 66 Atkinson St., was unable to attend because he was at a different meeting “pivotal to the future of the building,” explained Municipal Manager Wendy Harrison.

Village President Deborah Wright noted that none of the prior agreements between the  village and Glennon had been made yet. Stefan Golec agreed that the parking lot was not yet roped off and the tarp was still not on the roof.

Harrison mentioned the building had been vacated and the front entrance was secured. Jonathan Wright preferred to hold any further decisions for two weeks and Deborah Wright added it would be longer since their next meeting is not until Jan. 8, 2019.

Kerry Bennett read the ordinance notice where owner of said property shall receive by certified mail, the order, findings, and copy of the unsafe building ordinance. The Trustees discovered that while Glennon was in attendance at a previous meeting when they spoke of the next action step, he had not been served the papers. It was determined the next action by the village will carry to the meeting in January.

The property at 203 Paper Mill Rd. is in the notice process and the owner has reportedly received papers. The order should be in this week’s paper, said Harrison.

Deborah Wright commented that the Trustees are trying to move forward but are still in a waiting period. Golec added his main concern was dealing with any potential contamination. Deborah Wright remembered an engineering report that had been completed and would locate it in her emails.

A motion was passed by the Village Trustees to award $500 to longtime employee Kerry Bennett for her service to the town as the executive assistant. James McAuliffe shared with Deborah Wright his concern whether it was part of their budget and Wright reiterated a retirement gift should be a budgeted line item to be utilized as needed. At last week’s Selectboard meeting Wright made the suggestion to the Board.

Stefan Golec closed the meeting wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

The Village Trustees meet Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Lower Theater at the Opera House.

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