The first of four blighted properties to be demolished this spring was taken down Thursday morning.
The first on the docket was 49-55 John Street. The property is one Mayor Linda Tyer had campaigned in front of during her first bid for office four years ago and was removed the morning Tyer announced her second bid for the corner office.
Karen Ferrara says she's put up with the abandoned house at 45 Edgewood for years. The dilapidated building was on the demolition list for this fiscal year but then delayed to give a local developer time to clear the title.
Two more homes have been added to the demolition list.
The Board of Health issued orders of demolition for 33 Circular Avenue and 217 Robbins Avenue. The two adds to a list of homes the city demolishes because of unsafe conditions.
The Board of Health upheld both a demolition order on a multi-unit building on John Street and a suspension of Thing or Two's tobacco license.
Thing or Two Variety on Francis Avenue will have its tobacco licenses suspended for seven days following a number of violations. Health Director Gina Armstrong said on May 10, inspectors from the Tri-Town Health Department found flavored tobacco products in stock. Such products were banned dating back to sweeping new tobacco regulations crafted in 2014
It was three years ago when then just a candidate for mayor Linda Tyer stood in front of a blighted John Street property and campaigned against blight.
"We have neighbors to this particular property who are doing their best to maintain their properties and sadly the condition of this property is having a negative effect with diminished property values and diminished quality of life. This will be a top, top priority for me in my administration," she said at the time.
The properties were chosen by the city's "code enforcement team" consisting of the building inspectors and Fire, Health, and Engineering departments. The team meets monthly with representatives from Community Development, the city solicitor, and the Purchasing Department.
Health Inspector Valerie Nickerson Bird told the board during the public hearing held at City Hall that condemning the buildings meant no one could live in them for reasons ranging from lack of electricity or water to serious structural damage.
Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco told the Selectmen on Wednesday that the Board of Survey determined that the property on the corner of Edmunds Street and Commercial is unsecure, unstable and any day could collapse onto the nearby sidewalk or road.
The council's Rule 25 sets out a process for filling mid-term vacancies. Candidates can submit letters of interest and qualifications and are given a chance to speak before the council for three minutes. Members may ask questions of the candidates and then take nominations and vote.