by Belle Hatfield
Yarmouth town council has approved a motion to demolish 1 Willow St.
At Thursday's council meeting they directed staff to advertise for tenders which are to be called before Nov. 9.
Yarmouth town council has passed a motion to demoish 1 Willow St. BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO
The motion was made by councillor Dan MacIsaac who said council must stand behind the order issued by the bylaw enforcement officer. He said the property's owner has shown no signs of complying with the orders to remedy the property.
The property owner, Jeff Raynard, learned of the order in August through a story in the Vanguard and had sent a letter to the town's mayor and council objecting to the town's order. The demolition order cites specific deficiencies that have to be rectified. Although he indicated to the town by email on Aug. 29 that he intended to fix the building.
In a letter to council last month, Raynard wrote that he intends to fix both his Willow Street property and another one he owns at 19-21 Alma Street.
"My intentions are to fix these buildings, name them, and join the heritage committee as soon as possible," he wrote.
The town's CAO told council efforts to contact the owner have been unsuccesful and there has been no work on the building.
The Willow Street property, which is on the north-east corner of Cliff Street, is just one of a number of vacant buildings that are a growing source of concern to council.
The Willow Street property has been vacant and boarded up since the mortgage fraud fiasco rippled through the community in 2009-10. There is a do-not-occupy order on the building, which basically means it isn’t fit for human habitation.
Safety concerns prompted the town to hire a mason to go up and dismantle the chimney closest to the road because it was considered a hazard to passersby. An exterior staircase has also been removed for the same reason.