The owners of two residential properties who have caught the ire of heath officials are still being pushed to clean up their acts.
But a third property on the southern end of Dufton Road that had been under watch because of messy conditions is back in shape, Health Director Tom Carbone said.
The Health Department has been working in some cases for years with the trio of so-called “blight” properties, noted for their poor conditions and for posing concerns to surrounding homes.
Two remain a problem: the house at 27 Kirkland Drive, owned by the Santangelo family, and a historic home at 116 Osgood St., owned by Michael Way resident Susan Odle.
Unsightly conditions continue to plague the Kirkland Drive property, where boxes block the front entryway and four unregistered vehicles are being stored at the front of the property.
The property triggered two Town Meeting votes on a Property Maintenance Code in 2007 and 2008, both of which failed to pass.
Kenneth Verolla, an attorney representing the Santangelo family, said the owners aim to resolve the issues within the next couple weeks.
“We’ve got an agreement tentatively that, hopefully before it needs to get back to court, it will get resolved,” he said.
If the situation goes too far, the town could explore receivership, according to Carbone.
“We’re prepared to ask the court to make a ruling to appoint a receiver for the property,” he said.
With receivership, Carbone said “the judge will appoint a private company to go in and bring the property into compliance with the state sanitary code.”
“In this case, it would be a clean-up and a lien on the property,” he said.
But Carbone added, “When you’ve got a cooperating property owner, the judge will do his best to work with them to get it done without the receivership.”
Meanwhile, efforts to clean up the Osgood Street property also are moving forward, though not at the pace the town would like, Carbone said.
The Osgood Street house attracted attention in early 2012 after Odle’s Michael Way condominium was condemned and cleaned out by the neighborhood’s condo association. Bags from the Michael Way property started piling up in front of the Osgood Street house, where they have sat covered by blue tarps ever since.
In a recent report to the Board of Health, Carbone said he had seen “some progress” on conditions at the house.
“Turns out, Mrs. Odle has been working from the back of the property forward doing some clean-up,” he said. However, it’s “still not where it is supposed to be with the court.”
Last week, the property had several dozen plastic bins neatly stacked in front of the piles of bags, an indication that further improvements are coming.
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