June 18, 2018
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Millinocket officials weigh razing house

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The former McGreevey house on Lincoln Street might have been salvageable a year ago, but a leaky roof and neglect have made it a one-story wreck, Code Enforcement Officer Michael Noble said Tuesday.

He and Town Manager Eugene Conlogue are working with the town’s attorney, Dean Beaupain, to see how the town can raze the property legally and perhaps recoup that cost. Nobody likes the idea of the town having to knock down the old house, but its decrepit condition makes demolition necessary and urgent, Noble said.

“It’s been condemned,” Noble said Tuesday. “The structural integrity of the house has been compromised severely through neglect over the last six to eight years. One good thing is that the bulk of the debris in there has been removed.”

Noble believes the trio will have a solution for the Town Council to consider when councilors meet on Dec. 9, he said.

In distantly related matter, Conlogue and Noble also are working to update the town’s property maintenance ordinance. The two will propose ordinance changes to the ordinance committee and eventually the council, Conlogue said. No date has been set.

Conlogue briefed councilors on both efforts during a meeting last week. Councilors weren’t pleased at the idea of having to raze the Lincoln Street property, but conceded the necessity.

As examples of how degraded the property has become, Noble said the kitchen floor has collapsed and rainfall has run through most of the structure, likely leaving rot and mold problems in its wake. The house has been on Noble’s list of blighted properties since he became the town’s code enforcement officer in 2002, he said.

The property’s present owner, a resident of Chester, and a previous owner had tried without success to revitalize the property, but the leaking roof and lack of upkeep reportedly doomed their efforts.

No demolition cost estimates were available Tuesday. Conlogue and council members did not return telephone calls or e-mails.

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