Farmington board to consider agreement with landlord


FARMINGTON — Selectmen will hold a hearing Tuesday to consider a consent agreement with a local landlord for improvements at two buildings.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

The board will determine if the buildings at 430 Farmington Falls Road and 115 Hurst Lane are dangerous or nuisances as defined by state law, said Code Enforcement Officer Steve Kaiser, who inspected the properties after a tenant complained.

The board will review a consent agreement initiated with landlord Vivian Savage of Sanford, Fla., which provides time for her to correct issues at both buildings. These include apartments with problems such as a lack of a secondary egress or secondary means of escape, as well as heating, plumbing and electrical issues.

A tenant has already received $6,000 back from rent payments after taking Savage to court last year, he said. The case is based on improvements not being made to the apartment.

Under the agreement, the landlord has until March 30 to make the corrections and until June 30 to remove and legally dispose of materials  dumped at a third property Savage owns on the Town Farm Road, he said.

“The secondary egress, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are life safety issues,” Kaiser said of improvements that are needed.

The detectors need to be added immediately according to the agreement.

In other business, the board will consider adopting a Downtown Redevelopment Plan, take their first look at proposed budgets from town departments, consider a policy for compensation of employees acting as interim department directors during director absence and other items.

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