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F'ville and Minoa villages to share officer

The village of Fayetteville will begin a new partnership with the village of Minoa next year, as they will share a full time code enforcement officer beginning in January 2008. At its Nov. 14 meeting, the board announced that Richard Green, the former enforcement officer for the town of Cicero, would be taking the position.

This move was made due to the citizens who were unhappy with the current system. Since the removal of the village officer, Fayetteville has been contracting with the town of Manlius. Problems have been brewing with this system for the last year or so according to the board.

"The situation worked well for awhile," said Trustee Michael Small. "But in the last year or so it has progressively deteriorated. The people deserved better code enforcement."

Small also said that when the laws are not enforced, they are meaningless.

The officer will cost the village roughly $32,000 a year according to Mayor Mark Olson. He also said that even though Green will be shared, separate files will be kept for both Fayetteville and Minoa. The contract with Manlius ends on Dec. 31. Olson said he hopes to have Green in before the new year so the change will be more gradual.

Changes in the code

The board of trustees moved to add an addition to the yard parking law, defining the yard as the roadway edge to the front of the house with the exception of a driveway. The roadways need to be clear for plows, fire trucks and ambulances to make it down the streets.

The board said this change would allow code enforcement and police to better address the issue. Currently the police and code enforcement are reluctant to write citations because the definition of yard is not clear. The board hopes this new change will help law officers.

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