by Susan Mikula Campbell
The condition of abandoned trailers in Sabre Park has prompted the Town of Niagara Town Board to update town code for emergency demolition procedures.
On Tuesday, the board voted to direct the town attorney, engineer and building inspector to present a comprehensive demolition procedure for all buildings in the town.
Councilman Danny Sklarski said current town code was last updated in 1981. A special emergency demolition process needs to be developed in a way that protects residents living in the area, existing homeowners and the town itself, he said.
"If there's a building that needs to be demolished, it needs to be done before that building is set afire," Sklarski said.
Supervisor Steve Richards said current code does not address emergency demolition, which causes a problem when an owner must be found and given due process to correct the situation. "How do you give notice to a guy who's not around?"