CLAREMONT – A house on Central Street in Claremont is receiving a much-needed face lift from the city despite a lack of cooperation from the home’s owner.
The home, located on 39 Central Street, is owned by Paul Ivanov, and has more than $50,000 of back taxes dating back three years. In April, the Claremont City Council set aside $40,000 from its surplus account to fund cleanup and partial demolition of the property, and has recently begun removing overgrown vegetation.
The city will next remove a wooden structure attached to the rear of the main home. The council was told in April that the likelihood of collecting the back taxes or cleanup costs are minimal, and that the city would likely have to write off the costs.
Claremont city manager Guy Santigate told the Valley News that the owner would be billed for the costs, and if he can’t pay, the city will put a lien on the property.