Hearing on potentially dangerous building to be held Monday

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LIVERMORE FALLS — Selectmen will hold a public hearing Monday to determine if a house at 1 Birch St. is potentially dangerous building or a nuisance.

The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m., April 5, at the town office.

Notices of the hearing were sent to owners Roger G. LaPlante, Cindy Hedges, formerly known as Cindy LaPlante, and Androscoggin Bank, the mortgage holder.

The plumbing inspector, code enforcement officer, and other local experts have looked at the building.

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Their findings, based on evidence, will be presented to the board, Town Manager Jim Chaousis said.

Among the findings, he said, are that there is structural deterioration; unhealthy material was incorrectly handled and maintained and there is limited running water and an improperly installed chimney.

They also found that because of its close proximity to Park Street, also known as Route 133, it creates liability from falling debris that could impact pedestrians and traffic.

Selectmen could potentially order owners to remove all trash, debris, metal and other hazards and restore the building to livable standards that abide by state and local codes or demolish the building and remove the debris, Chaousis said.

In other business, selectmen will also hold a public hearing on an application for renewal of a liquor license for Riverview Pub. Chaousis plans to suggest that the library auditorium rental fee be raised to cover the cost and liability.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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