A Saratoga County man is fed up with local officials after he says they turned the property neighboring his home into a dump site. As YNN's Matt Hunter reports, the issue has bothered the homeowner so much, he's tried to sell his house.
MOREAU, N.Y. – When Torry Dorsey and his wife built it more than five years ago, they thought they were moving into their dream home.
"We actually had a deal and it took us two years to close on it. We were lucky to even get it," Dorsey said Thursday.
Tucked at the end of Potter Road in the Town of Moreau, Dorsey says the first two years were, in fact, a dream. Then something changed. Highway officials started making use of the town owned lot behind his house that for years sat empty.
"They started coming and dumping all the asphalt, the dead deer carcasses, it really got out of hand this year," Dorsey said.
The town's dump site sits roughly 100 yards behind Torrey's back deck, close enough, he says, to require him to power wash his home several times a year. His family is often woken up early by the sound of trucks passing through.
"I've been trying to sell the place. That's how fed up I am, even though it is my dream house," Dorsey said.
When Torrey purchased the property, he claims the town's former highway superintendent assured him they had no intentions of using the land. Years earlier, it had been a gravel pit. He's now calling on officials to clean up the mess.
Moreau Town Supervisor Preston Jenkins was unavailable for an on-camera interview, but speaking over the phone Thursday, he said the town is required to make use of the parcel, but he and other officials plan to visit Dorsey's property in hopes of working out a solution that satisfies both parties.
"Nobody from the town would even answer emails or return a phone call. Now that I went to the town board meeting, they're all trying to scramble and come out here."
Torrey hasn't had much luck finding a buyer. He believes it's because of the messy situation out back. He's hoping the town will do their business elsewhere and he won't have to leave.
"I pay an awful lot of money in taxes and this is what I get. I just don't think it's right, it's common courtesy."