Concerns raised over property removal from home
The home, located at 54 Windsor Road, was previously owned by Roy Hunter.
The property was taken by tax deed last August, Police Chief Alex Scott said Wednesday.
Since then, city officials have been working through the process with Hunter of having him remove his personal belongings from the property, Scott said.
On June 24, city finance director Mary Walter, with help from other city employees went to the property to take an inventory of what was in the home and decided to take some items that day, Scott said.
“The people that were doing that were operating under the theory that that was the city’s property,” Scott said.
“We both agreed that we were uncomfortable with where we were procedurally so we decided the best course of conduct was to have the property retuned,” Scott said.
City officials say all of the property has been returned, but Hunter has claimed that some of the items were not returned including some antique flags and coins.
Wilder said he responded to that notice, because it did not give the required 28 days. After negotiating with city officials, a date of Aug. 8 has been set, he said.
City resident and state representative Joe Osgood said he has known the Hunter family for many years. He was contacted by several people close to the situation and heard their concerns over the city’s actions.
Osgood contacted the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office asking for an inquiry. He was told several days later by the Attorney General’s office that after speaking with Scott, they felt there was no need for further action.
Osgood said he is disappointed there is no independent or outside review of the city’s actions.
Osgood said he is familiar with another case of the city selling a tax-deeded home by auction about three months ago. There were several vintage cars on the property that were sold by the new property owner. Most of the cars were owned by the previous property owner; however, one, a vintage Mustang, belonged to a different man.
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