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Liberty Avenue resident voices displeasure with neighbor’s home


MASSENA - Residents residing in the 10 block of Liberty Avenue include a woman who runs a day care center, a man who is “dying,” a couple in their 70s, and a home occupied by a family that one resident said appears to care very little about the appearance of their property.

John McDougall of 11 Liberty Ave. recently appeared before the town board to voice his displeasure with the appearance of his neighbor’s yard, while also alleging that a dog who resides at the home regularly goes to the bathroom in his yard leaving pieces of diapers that he has ingested behind.

“I have a problem at Liberty Avenue,” Mr. McDougall said. “There are a lot of things you can’t help me with, but this is one thing you can help me with.”

Recognizing that his home is in the village of Massena, Mr. McDougall said he has already spoken with the code enforcement office, Mayor James F. Hidy, Dog Control Officer Chrissy McGrath and the village board without getting any resolution to his problem.

Frustrated at what he perceives to be a lack of response led Mr. McDougall to the town board meeting, where he said he was following up on a meeting with Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray, with whom he also voiced displeasure with.

“How can you run a town, if you can’t even stop a dog from s——ing in my yard?” Mr. McDougall asked. “I picked up five pounds of dog crap in my yard last week and the dog warden says she can’t do anything about it unless she sees the dog in my yard.”

While Mr. McDougall also mentioned an unregistered car in the home’s driveway, an unkept yard that has only been mowed “three times this year,” and a front yard littered with “500 cigarette butts,” town board members informed him that jurisdictionally there was really very little they could do.

“Jurisdictionally all we could do is take care of the dog,” said Town Councilman John F. Macaulay, who noted the dog warden is an employee of the town.

Referring to the initial conversation and some debate about when it took place, Mr. Gray said, “I asked you to give me a couple of days. I’ve made a couple of initial calls, but I don’t have an answer for you.”

Mr. McDougall said that should the problems continue he’ll sell his home. But Mr. McDougal said he wouldn’t sell his home to the first buyer who came along.

“I’ll sell the place, and I’ll sell it to the biggest scumbag I can find. Then you’ll have the whole neighborhood to deal with over there,” he said. “It’s an awful thing when I have to come here and argue with six grown men over a dog.”

Should the problem continue to persist, Mr. McDougall even threatened to take matters into his own hands, so that Mr. Gray could understand his frustrations.

“How would you like it if I brought this dog crap over to your yard?” he asked the town supervisor.

“I would probably call the cops,” Mr. Gray replied. “To be honest with you, I don’t want you to do it.”

Efforts to reach Peter Denney, the landlord who owns the property at 13 Liberty Ave., were unsuccessful.

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