Salem Town Board gives Heath property owners a little more time to improve site

The farmhouse on the Heath property on Highway AH photographed July 24.

Owners of the dilapidated Heath farmstead on Highway AH in Salem have received a little more time from the Salem Town Board to get the property visually presentable.

The board agreed at a special meeting last Monday to give the owners of the property until Nov. 15 to get the home on the property looking good and secure. The family had been working under a September deadline.

“It’s definitely not presentable now,” said Bob Brown, a contractor that Heath family representative Michael Hart may hire to work on the home.

Brown’s Illinois-based firm (though Brown is a local resident)  specializes in historical restorations. But town administrator Patrick Casey pointed out the town’s interest is simply in getting beyond eyesore status, not historical restoration.

“The big issue is when you drive by, if it’s a decent looking house,” Casey said.

The extension was approved unanimously by the present board members (Supervisor Dennis Faber was absent).


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