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.
The Selectmen have agreed to apply for a District Local Technical Assistance through the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to identify processes and possible funding to remove dilapidated homes.
Town Administrator Mark Webber recommended to the board last week that they team up with Hinsdale and through BRPC apply for a grant that will provide guidance to remove blight in the community.
The former caretaker's house on Onota Lake is once again eyed for the wrecking ball.
The building is one of six lined up to be demolished by the city. The city is currently out to bid for the demolition of the following properties: 193 Dewey Avenue, 538 Lakeway Drive, 266 Onota Street, 88 Robbins Avenue, 173 Robbins Avenue, 14-18 South Church Street. The work is expected to be underway in January.