For the second time in less than a month, the town has encountered difficulty with the owner of the South Road shopping plaza which contains the town-run Enfield Child Development Center.
Following last weekend's blizzard, the plaza management did not clear the snow, as stipulated in its lease agreement with the town. Members of the Enfield public works department had to clear about eight parking spaces and a path for employees and clients to enter the facility, located on the west end of the building.
As of Thursday morning, five days after the snowfall ended, nearly the entire lot remained unplowed to the east of the ECDC. Snowmen had been built in the center of the parking lot.
The plaza is owned by 138 South Road LLC, a limited liability company based in New York City, according to bizapedia.com.
"They are supposed to plow, but on several occasions we have had to do it," Town Manager Matt Coppler said. "When we do any kind of work that they should be doing, we deduct it from our payment."
This is the second incident involving the ECDC since the start of the new year. On Jan. 4, clients were moved to the Alcorn School building for a day due to heating issues.
"The owner had not maintained the heating system and we were afraid the pipes and sprinkler system would freeze, so we moved them to Alcorn for that day," Coppler said.
Coppler said the 10-year lease agreement expires in Sept. 2013. "We are in the process of exploring other options," he said.
In addition to the ECDC, the plaza contains a Chinese restaurant, an amusement center and a pizza restaurant.
The listed member/manager of 138 South Road LLC is Ira Nagel, but no email or telephone information was available for him.