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.
The Board of Health wants to find a way to clean up disheveled properties.
Board member Allen Mendel said last Wednesday that many nice neighborhoods are being brought down by unsightly or abandoned properties and asked if the board had any authority to clean them up.