Grafton police officer watches as village workers clean
up the Clark Station Tuesday after the owner refused to
comply with an order to do so.
Photo by Deb Kranitz
GRAFTON — Village
of Grafton workers were forced to clean the site of the
Clark Station left abandoned at 1020 Washington St.
after owner Lakeland Real Estate of Franklin failed to
comply with a village order.
Lakeland was given
until March 15 to bring the property in line with
village requirements for property maintenance. No
representative from the company appeared at the nuisance
hearing over the property, which was left vacant without
being cleaned up or maintained in late May or early June
of last year.
Workers were only
allowed to clean the outside site, but were not legally
permitted to enter the gas station. Food and other items
have reportedly been left on the shelves since last
Administrator Jesse Thyes said they removed debris and
trimmed overgrown trees on the property. Plastic wrap
was used to cover the gas pumps Police Chief Charles
Wenten said that, so far, police have received one
complaint about the state of the property, and another
when a water pipe burst on the property. He said they
could not find anyone with access to the building, and
had to turn off the water to the building from the
The work the
village does to remove the nuisance will be billed to
the owner. Thyes said that, as of Wednesday, they did
not have a final cost for the clean-up.
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