Resident sees pink

A Rouse Street structure is causing heads to turn and mouths to drop after recent "improvement." That improvement was a hot-pink paint job visible to passersby on Genesee Street, the main drag in the village of Chittenango.

Property owner Melinda "Mickey" Kopp wrote the Chittenango Village Board of Trustees asking them to do something about the storage facility.

Kopp owns the property at 288 Genesee St. The structure is quite visible between her property and 290 Genesee St. next door, which Kopp points out in her letter is painted bright yellow.

"While both colors separately are very pretty, together it is atrocious," Kopp wrote. "My tenants have complained, and it bothers me to tell them that nothing can be done. It doesn't seem possible in this day and age that one person can hold such power over the village. These colors are devaluing the properties surrounding them. It will be difficult to rent one of my apartments, let alone sell the house in the future."

A member of the audience asked where the building was located.

"Just go out front and look to the right," said Trustee Barbara Delaney. "It glows."

"There are no laws on the books of colors of houses," said Dep. Mayor Ronny Goeler, who ran the meeting in the absence of Mayor Bob Freunscht. "I've asked that [village attorney] Paul [Iaconis] do nothing with colors. I think it's a bad idea to get into that sort of thing."

The building was condemned for living purposes by Codes Enforcement Officer Gary Scofield, Goeler said.

"What will [the owner] do in the winter when he can no longer live in his tent or car?" Kopp wrote. "Will he sneak back into the barn and live? He has power for light. Gary Scofield has condemned the barn for human occupancy, so he should not be allowed to live there."

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