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Town Task Force Clears Up Vacant Sound Beach Property

Complaints from residents lead the Quality of Life Task Force to clean up vacant property.

After complaints from residents of an overgrown, litter-filled vacant property at 52 Ronkonkoma Drive in Sound Beach, the Town of Brookhaven Quality of Life Task Force stepped in to clean up the property on June 21.

The property was cleaned of debris and refuse and the grass and weeds that had been overgrown were mowed. The clean-up team consisted of members of the Town of Brookhaven’s Department of Waste Management, as well as investigators from the Town’s Law Department.

The Town removed approximately 1.5 tons of litter and debris from the property at a cost of over $1500, which will be charged back to the property owner on their tax bill.

“Properties like this one are blemishes on our community and a hazard to the health and safety of those who live nearby," said Councilwoman Jane Bonner. "I am proud to work the Quality of Life Task Force to see that the Town of Brookhaven remains a beautiful place for people to call home.”

Supervisor Mark Lesko added, “The clean up in Sound Beach was a great success and I commend the Quality of Life Task Force for holding those who disregard our Town code accountable.”

If residents believe that a property is in violation of any Town of Brookhaven codes, they can call 451-TOWN to file a complaint. To learn more about the Quality of Life Task Force, visit www.brookhaven.org.

antoinette June 29, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Can the calls be made anonymously? If the homeowner resides in the neglected and dilapidated house, can he/she learn who made the complaint? This info makes all the difference in the world as to what gets reported.
Cathy July 02, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I called the town to report an abandoned home on Port Jefferson Rd. in sound beach, and all I got was the royal runaround!!! The property is overrun with rodents and raccoons are getting inside and breeding, the property is very overgrown and infested with ticks and who knows what else. I was told by the town to call the department of health about the tick problem and they told me to call the town because they are not responsible!! So, who is?? I am struggling to pay taxes in the town of Brookhaven, and I find it very disheartening to have to live next to this property, and get NO help.
Justin Time July 03, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I am sure the town gets alot of complaints like those. Unfortunately, there are so many people who are lazy and dont care what their property looks like. I think "White trash" used to define them. What should be done is send a registered letter by the town, informing them of the complaint. If work isnt done by them, then send out a private cleanup crew, under town contract, to clean up the property. Post in the local paper the home address and date the complaint has to be taken care of. It is alot of legal tape before something can be done, I guess. Remember, they usually know their rights.
Jill Longisland September 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Justintime, you make no sense. Who is to send a private cleanup crew under town contract to clean up? Who is to post a notice in the paper? Nothing here makes sense. Things aren't done this way. You call the town, or call your councilperson and file a complaint.

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