Home­owner granted cleanup ex­ten­sion

Vol­un­teers help with work at Camp­bell Street prop­erty

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY CAPE BRETON POST STAFF

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.

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