HARRISON — The Board of Selectmen has agreed to consider the future of derelict buildings on a case-by-case basis.

“We aren’t going to act on it unless there’s a complaint,” Board of Selectmen Chairman Bill Winslow said when Code Enforcement Officer John Wentworth asked the board at Tuesday night’s meeting for direction in dealing with derelict structures.

Wentworth said there are about 10 buildings in town that are considered derelict, including a chicken barn that fell near his home.

The board has the authority to require that buildings deemed nuisances or safety hazards be torn down or repaired, Wentworth said there are no building codes or ordinances in place dealing with the issue.

Historically, the board has not acted on derelict buildings unless a complaint comes in, but it does have options such as having the building torn down and billing the owner for the cost, Wentworth said.

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