FARMINGTON – The Board of Selectmen last week requested that the owners of a Maple Avenue home destroyed by fire in December have the building demolished and removed by Sept. 1, Town Manager Richard Davis said.

A public hearing was held during the board’s regular meeting to address whether the property at 185 Maple Ave. should be considered dangerous or a nuisance within the meaning of state law.

Letters have been sent to owners and brothers, Jonathan and Benjamin Cummings, to see what their intentions are but there had been no response, Code Enforcement Officer Steve Kaiser said before the hearing.

Both brothers appeared for the hearing, Davis said, and wanted to cooperate. The board asked them to secure the building by screwing plywood over the windows and to pick up debris around the building. The brothers agreed to have the work done within a week, he added.

The demolition and removal of the burned home is subject to a consent agreement being prepared by the town’s code enforcement officer, Davis said.


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