A Deer Park home stuffed waist-high with clothing, magazines, boxes and old food will get a cleanup.
The two-floor house on Osceola Avenue will be cleaned and boarded up at the owner's expense after Babylon town board members voted 3-0 Tuesday to approve the move.
The vote, with board members Jacqueline Gordon and Lindsay Henry absent, came over objections from the owner's attorney, who said the town had not properly notified the owner. The owner will likely sell the house and is in the process of securing financing for repairs, the attorney said.
The house has not had heat nor running water for more than 10 years and was inhabited for some time by raccoons, according to a town fire marshal's report.
The raccoons have scared people who live nearby, said a neighbor, Sandy Furino, and the state of the home has scared some prospective buyers away from the neighborhood. "Nobody wants to buy a house down the block from something like this," she said. "We have enough houses that have been foreclosed. We don't need any more problems."
Town spokesman Kevin Bonner said the town is "acting aggressively to clean" the property, with a cleaning contractor expected to start work by the end of the week and an animal trapper scheduled to visit next week. The work should be completed in two to three weeks, Bonner said.