B'ville boards: Proposed codes raise concerns

Baldwinsville resident Robert Weichert told village officials he would contest the proposed rental codes should the village approve them adding that no municipality has the right to pass a law that is more restrictive than the municipal code.

"Before you run up a big fat legal bill, look it up," the landlord of village properties said.

John Fuller, another village landlord, told officials they must think tenants are a sub-class of citizens unable to identify when they have sub-par conditions.

"Tenants have power whether you think they do or not," he said. "I don't need another level of bureaucracy harassing me."

One code deals with apartment inspections, addressing public safety issues for those who live in rental properties and holds landlords responsible for their units making sure residents are protected. The proposed rental property disturbance code affects the quality of life of neighbors and requires landlords to evict tenants who receive three disruptive conduct charges within a year. Language regarding the codes is available at baldwinsville.org.

A public hearing regarding the proposed rental codes will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the village hall.

Public hearing

A public hearing regarding the regulation of outdoor boilers in Van Buren will be held at 7:35 p.m. Dec. 16 at the town hall on the corner of Ellsworth and Van Buren roads. According to officials, this is an attempt to regulate use and installation of outdoor boilers. Installation should meet not only the manufacturer's requirements, but also the town codes.

"The intent is to encourage people to go green, save money and leave a smaller carbon footprint," said Councilor Howard Tupper, adding there was no intention to remove any outdoor boilers that are already installed. "They can remain until they need to be replaced."

Van Buren contracts with Camillus

Officials approved a $30,000 contract with the town of Camillus to provide dog control services for 2009 through a cooperative agreement. By not hiring a dog control officer explicitly for Van Buren, the town saved approximately $18,000 plus health, retirement and other fringe benefits.

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