Board sets deadline for yard cleanup

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FARMINGTON — Selectmen on Tuesday ordered that a yard on Town Farm Road be cleaned up by June 22 or they will take the matter to court.

The property is owned by Katherine Gajdukow and occupied by her and Keith Melacon, who has run a part-time vehicle repair business for the past 20 years. Numerous vehicles of customers are among the items cluttering the yard.

He began cleaning up the property last November and proposed finishing the work by the end of summer, but the board said that was unacceptable.

“Keith’s tried to clean up,” said Steve Kaiser, code enforcement officer. He has hauled off five tons of material and decreased the number of vehicles to five, plus his own. Some vehicles have been moved behind the couple’s mobile home.

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Three of the five vehicles should be gone within a couple weeks, Melacon said. The cleanup and his other job have kept him from fixing the vehicles, he said. As for having vehicles hauled back to customers, Melacon said it would be added an expense only to have them hauled back when he’s ready to repair them.

Kaiser said the property is too small and close to the road to qualify for a junkyard permit.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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