Homeowner granted cleanup extension
Volunteers help with work at Campbell Street property
A woman facing demolition of her North Sydney home, that was deemed a health and fire hazard, has had a twoweek extension to clean up the property granted by municipality.
At a meeting this week, Cape Breton Regional Municipality councillors heard from staff that there had been enough progress in cleaning out the contents of the home located at 59 Campbell St. to justify the extension.
Paul Burt, CBRM manager of building, planning and licensing laws, said staff hopes to visit the property again by the end of this week.
He said a group of volunteers had come forward to assist the homeowner in cleaning out the property, mostly on weekends.
“They were afraid of time running out so we did grant the two-week extension,” he said, adding the file remains open.
In January, councillors rejected homeowner Sylvia Dolomont’s appeal of the demolition order, which gave her 30 days to clean up the property.
Burt noted the municipality has received complaints about the property dating back to 2008 and said the building was no longer weather tight and was structurally unsound.
Burt described the interior of the home as being piled high on both levels with debris that was mouldy and rotting and rodents were gaining access to it.
At the time, Dolomont took issue with calling the home vacant, saying she visits it almost every day. She admitted to being a “hoarder” having spent many thousands of dollars on various items, and that the home has been subject to multiple break-ins.
Dolomont noted she has always been current on her property taxes, water bills and other penalties that have been assessed to the property, and the home has electricity.