Wagaman heard from the New Jersey owner of the old Civil War museum at 135 W. Main St. on Tuesday after months of trying to reach him, Kesler said.
The closed museum is in such bad shape that neighbor David Dagenhart said his insurance company is canceling his homeowner's insurance. The building has holes and chipping paint and plants are growing up the side, he said.
Town officials want the ability to clean up such properties and bill the owner, if the owner doesn't have the repairs done promptly, Kesler said.
The building code proposed on Monday included criminal penalties that would have been enforced by the court system with the fine revenue going to the state, Kesler said.
Kesler said he wants a municipal infraction code that will enable the town to enforce the code and keep the revenue from fines.
Town officials said the proposed building code could have gotten out of hand.
People could have been fined for improper insect screens, under the proposal.
"It goes back to a witch hunt," Councilman Ralph Hammond said of the proposed code. Every house in town could have been condemned under the proposed standards, he said.