AVON — After a lengthy process of demolishing a home in the Village of Avon, community officials plan to team up to take on what might otherwise become a community epidemic.
Because the situation escalated out of control in regards to the Dennis Catuzza home that is still undergoing cleanup from its demolition last Thursday, October 10, Avon Town Supervisor David LeFeber has turned his attention to deteriorating homes in the town.
“We have a couple of houses in the town that we are concerned about,” said LeFeber.
While the demolition of the house at 184 East Main Street in the Village of Avon went smoothly, the process to get to the demolition was nothing if not difficult.
“The demolition went as smoothly as you can for tearing someone’s house down,” said Thomas Freeman, Mayor for the Village of Avon.
Complicating matters were the many dates given as to when the structure would inevitably come down. Eventually, the Village of Avon decided to leave such decisions to the contracting company in charge of the demolition, Bronze Contracting LLC, and after surveying the site, the decision was made to change the original plan of how to demolish the house. What was originally planned to come down floor by floor needed to come down all at once. Once the new plan was approved, the house came down.
The demolition, originally set for August 15, did not commence until October 10 for several reasons, including unsafe working hazards that potentially included mold and asbestos.
Once the bill from the demolition of the Catuzza house is received, the village plans to seek full restitution.
“I am 110% positive that we will sue Dennis Catuzza for full reimbursement,” said Freeman.
After becoming aware of the situation in the village, Supervisor LeFeber plans to look into precautions such as the Genesee Valley Rural Preservation Council, GVRPC, as the Village has done already.
If available, LeFeber hopes to have the GVRPC attend the next Town Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 24 at 7:00p.m., to help the board decide if this is something that makes sense for the Town of Avon to pursue.
According to LeFeber, matters of this nature are usually handled by Village and Town together and are not treated as separate entities.
“It would be a great benefit for the people who need it in the town,” said LeFeber. “This is definitely something that the town needs to look into.”