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Derelict homes, signs draw notice in Niskayuna

Derelict homes, signs draw notice in Niskayuna

Deteriorating signs and homes are getting a closer look in Niskayuna, mainly to see what can be done

Deteriorating signs and homes are getting a closer look in Niskayuna, mainly to see what can be done to ensure they’re fixed up.

Both were topics at a Town Board committee meeting Friday morning.

Deteriorating homes at 2 Cornelius Ave. and a boarded-up home at the corner of Union Street and Balltown Road are on the town’s radar.

Meanwhile, Town Board member Denise Murphy McGraw is also pushing for the town to look at subdivision signs, several of which have fallen into disrepair in recent years.

“We hear it every day,” McGraw said. “People care very much about where they live. Whether it’s the abandoned homes, signage around town, you want to make sure where you live is as best as it can be.”

The town has already taken the owners of 2 Cornelius Ave. to court over the summer, winning the right to clean up the property and put the costs of doing so on the tax bill for the property.

As for the home at Union Street and Balltown Road, the boards were put there by the town some time ago to secure it against anyone or anything trying to get in. To deal with the yard, the town may go a similar route as it did on Cornelius, if needed, officials said.

Regarding the subdivision signs, the town is in the early stages of working to enforce an ordinance that requires them to be maintained in good condition.

The ordinance allows the town to cite the developer, or his successor, or whoever owns the parcel on which the sign sits.

The town Planning Department has documented the current state of each of the signs and planner Kathy Matern said she is in the process of figuring out the owners of each of the signs in need of improvement.

Specifically mentioned were the signs for Orchard Park, a wooden sign, and one for Edison Woods, painted on a rock. Others were in good condition, but needed brush trimming. With others, there was no problem.

“It’s a little thing that we can do that makes the town look much better,” McGraw said.

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