Town seeks to declare Chandler Street home uninhabitable

Town seeks to declare Chandler Street home uninhabitable

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials say they’re making progress in addressing concerns of Chandler Street residents about unsanitary and unpleasant habits of a neighbor, but they caution that this effort might take a while.

The Breeze reported last month that the town was considering an ordinance prohibiting defecation in one’s yard after repeated complaints from Chandler Street residents about a man repeatedly using his yard as a toilet. Neighbor Deana Barlow said this week that nothing has changed as residents continue to worry about what they and their children have to witness next door.

Police said last month that they couldn’t charge Anthony Carlone because there’s no law against what he’s doing on his own property.

Lt. Michael Tavarozzi said he’s been making progress developing a rapport with the resident after initially being unable to make contact. He said the department is working with a number of agencies in an effort to help the man out and get his life in order and secure him the services he needs, checking in with him frequently.

Attempts by The Breeze to reach Carlone were not successful.

Building Official Michael Carnevale said the plan now, based on consultation with experts, is to deem the house uninhabitable, which will then allow officials to get him out of the home and in with the support networks he needs. Carlone can’t be arrested based on what he’s accused of, he said. Carnevale said he will visit the home soon with Tavarozzi to snap some pictures and “do what we have to do” to make such a declaration. He said a number of other items have been taking up his time lately, which is why there’s been somewhat of a delay here.

Tavarozzi said some of the organizations that officials are working with in their bid to help Carlone are the Veterans Administration, Gateway Health, and the Division of Elderly Affairs. Officials are trying to establish right now whether he is a veteran or not to learn whether he can receive the VA services, he said.

“This is something that the council, the mayor’s office, the administration, they’re all in full support to get him whatever help he needs and to try to get this guy going on the right track,” said Tavarozzi.

But the man needs to be willing to accept the resources, he said, and right now that’s not happening.

He described this effort as a “work in progress,” saying he and others will keep visiting Carlone to educate him on why he needs the help.

Gateway Health would be able to get the resident the heat and hot water, to “at least have a functioning house” if he’s willing to accept it, said Tavarozzi.

This situation is a sensitive one, he noted.

Carnevale has the full police report on the situation to be able to address it as it should be handled, said Tavarozzi.

“As much as we want it to happen right then and there, it’s not a race, it’s a marathon,” he said. The ultimate goals are to get the man the help he needs and to allow the neighbors to be able to use their homes and properties without having to worry about what’s happening near them, said the lieutenant.

Barlow, who is the sister of Town Councilor Manny Giusti, who initially proposed the law banning defecation in one’s yard, said this week that her neighbor continues his “lewd behavior” in multiple locations, including in public areas near the senior center. According to Rhode Island law, public urination is illegal, she said, adding that her children are minors and shouldn’t be subjected to this.

“This is not acceptable,” she said.

There are a number of other offenses the man could be cited for, said Barlow, including his erratic driving of a truck without a front or rear license plate.

She said she finds it hard to believe the house next to her can’t be condemned, particularly because it’s getting worse by the day.

“I’m guessing this would not be happening if one of our elected officials lived on either side of this man,” she said.