Razing of Wilmot house burnt by two fires tabled

The Salem Town Board tabled a raze order for a home in Wilmot that saw two fires within a week late last year and on New Years Day.

The property at 11619 306th Court had a fire on Jan. 1 and less than a week before.

At a public hearing about the raze order Monday evening, a representative of the insurance adjustment firm Michaelson & Messinger, which has been hired by the owners of the property, Lunsford Family Revocable Trust, to negotiate its settlement with its insurance company asked for the property not to be razed to facilitate settling the claim. The insurance company for the owner is conducting its investigation and doesn’t want anything to be moved or removed.

Supervisors seemed poised to pass the raze order and then just hold off on implementing it. But Supervisor Ted Kmiec said he felt passing the raze order was premature since the insurance company was still investigating. Kmiec moved to table the matter for a month and have town attorney Riucahrd Scholze write the insurance company to express the need for a speedy wrap-up of the investigation.

Kmiec’s option to table was approved unanimously.

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  1. pretty fast to raze a place says:

    This seemed to be a pretty quick response to raxing a property,
    when another has had years of continuations. And of course, there have been
    other fires in the area and no effort to raze the property was made.
    It sounds like someone at the town has it in for this owner.

  2. Bob says:

    The other raze order that has come before the Board has been in the process of being razed since 1995 – what’s the hurry on this one?

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