Cold River Road property may finally get cleared
By SANDI SWITZER
Correspondent | March 29,2013
Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
The house on the Frederick property off Cold River Road in Clarendon has been vanacnt for seeveral years. Plans are in the works to demolish the building. 03/28/13
CLARENDON — An unsightly Cold River Road property that has generated widespread complaints for decades is finally get cleaned up.
David Fucci and Ted Hubbard have extended an offer to the town to remove garbage and debris strewn around the Marion Frederick property, according to municipal officials.
“They volunteered to go in there and clean up the trash, take the trailer out and remove the piles by the outbuilding,” Select Board Chairman Michael Klopchin said.
The Clarendon Select Board on Monday approved the request as long as the property owner — who they said was in a nursing home — agreed with the plan. The board further agreed to spend up to $600 in tipping fees for the removal of the trailer.
According to municipal officials, Fucci and Hubbard approached the landowner and a relative with the offer and secured written permission for clean up.
Treasurer Rebecca Mandolare characterized the offer as “such a great gift to the town” and she suggested the tipping fee come from the town’s contingency fund.
Board members noted the municipality could recoup the expense at some point if the property were to be sold as a result of delinquent taxes totaling $4,376.
However, officials feared no one would bid on the property, which includes a house and outbuilding along with the trailer. They indicated it was widely believed no septic system was on site and no possibility for one to be installed making future occupancy unlikely.
The owner could request a tax abatement on those grounds, according to Mandolare.
“If abated, we could move to tax sale and maybe an abutter would want it,” she said.
Once all the garbage and trailer were removed, grants could become available to cover the $30,000 cost to remove the house, according to officials. There were some concerns the structure would eventually fall into a nearby river.
Klopchin said the state would want it to be turned into “green space” such as a fishing access if funds were awarded for the project.
Municipal officials stressed the town would take matters step-by-step with the first step being the clean-up of the site. “We’re just helping them make the connections,” Mandolare said.
Klopchin noted citizens had been complaining about the property since he was first elected to the town’s Select Board in the 1990s.
“Twenty-four years on the board and this is our best offer yet in cleaning it up,” he said.