“It would bring the value back to our property,” he said. “As it sits now, it’s like a burned piece of wood.”
In 2008, the property was assessed at more than $330,000, but has since dropped to $191,300, according to Vision Appraisal Services. The home is assessed at $55,000.
Michael Demers said they plan to appeal the board’s decision, which was unanimous, according to Chairman Gary Azarian.
Azarian said the board decided 120 days was reasonable and that the family already had enough time to correct the problems.
“The board has been very equitable with the Demerses on the past few petitions,” Azarian said. “After the 120 days is up, that trailer will have to be moved. I sympathize with them, but we are going on two years and the situation hasn’t changed much.”
Azarian said neighbors have been patient, but they may soon start complaining to the town. Michael Demers said he was thankful to have supportive neighbors.
No one other than Demers and his stepfather, Gerald Troisi, spoke before the board during the public hearing Thursday.