NORTHPORT — A derelict house was the subject of discussion at the Feb. 28 Select Board meeting.

The board heard from Kevin Hall, who said he was a friend of James Butters, former co-owner of 9 North Ave. with his sister, Sandra Butters. The town has recently taken ownership of the property for nonpayment of taxes, according to town administrator James Kossuth.

The town code officer visited the property at Kossuth’s request Feb. 18 to make sure it was secure. The next day, the administrator told The Republican Journal March 2, a “for sale” sign appeared on the building, directing people to call the Town Office. Kossuth did not know who had posted the sign, but said it was taken down once the town found out about it. However, in response to the sign, Hall contacted the Town Office.

He told the board he believed that the town had failed to properly notify James Butters of the foreclosure, and further that James was prepared to pay the back taxes owing on the dwelling and to repair it. Kossuth told TRJ that the house is in serious disrepair and the town is concerned it could present health and safety hazards. Hall added that James would get together the money owed — according to Kossuth, about $13,000, including interest — and would fix it up.

Kossuth told TRJ the town would make bringing the house up to code a condition of returning the property to James, along with payment of outstanding taxes and interest.

In other business, the board went into executive session to discuss another tax-acquired property, this one a 1.5-acre unimproved parcel at 1246 Atlantic Highway. It set an asking price of $22,300 for the land.

The next meeting is March 14 at 6 p.m. at the Town Office.

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