‘Making Progress’: Complaints About Beaujean Road Property Continue After Fire

7127 Beaujean Road in the town of Chautauqua, just outside the Mayville village limits, has been the subject of multiple complaints about people living in campers and tents, allegedly illegally burning trash and not using proper sewers. The property is close to Chautauqua Lake Central School. Submitted photos

MAYVILLE – A fire that destroyed several campers and outbuildings near Chautauqua Lake Central School apparently has not stopped people from living there in non-permanent structures.

During the recent Chautauqua Town Board meeting, residents complained about the property at 7127 Beaujean Road. A fire had taken place there Jan. 17, which destroyed several campers and outbuildings on the property.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the fire was caused by a propane gas leak within a camper on the property.

Since May, neighboring property owners have been attending town board meetings, complaining that the property has multiple campers there, with people living in tents and outbuildings. There have been allegations of illegal burning, drug use and manufacturing.

School officials have reported to the Sheriff’s Office that needles and other drug paraphernalia have been discovered on school property, which is near the Beaujean residence.

A fire took place in January at 7127 Beaujean Road in the town of Chautauqua, which destroyed some campers and outbuildings. Neighbors say people are still living on the property.

Residents call the property a “compound” and have been calling on state, county and local officials to do something to reduce the apparent illegal activity taking place.

After the fire in January, some thought that people living there would move on, but that does not appear to be the case.

At the February town board meeting, neighbors presented photos of the property, showing the trash and remaining ruble from the fire last month. Copies of the photos were provided to The Post-Journal and OBSERVER.

She said there are five occupied campers on the property, along with numerous unregistered vehicles.

Supervisor Don Emhardt said they are doing what they can. “We are making progress on the legal aspects of this. It’s taking time,” he said, declining to give a definitive timeline.

At the end of the meeting, the town board went into executive session with the town’s two code officers. They did not say if the Beaujean property was what they were discussing or not.

In January, a restaurant owner and others voiced their complaints over Code Officer Frank Watson.

During the February meeting, neighbors who live on Beaujean Road said they think Watson has done a good job of enforcing town codes and thanked him for all his efforts in dealing with the issues on their road.


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