B'ville: Rental law off table, rink to return

After hearing landlords' concerns, Baldwinsville officials have opted to offer education rather than law regarding a proposed local law involving inspections of village rental properties.

The proposed law would have addressed public safety issues for those who live in rental properties and would have held landlords responsible for making sure their units were up to code.

About 25 residents were present during last night's public hearing, which lasted about an hour. While issues discussed ranged from tenants' rights, government's involvement and disgruntled tenants, the biggest concern was a lack of knowledge regarding local codes.

"I respect where the codes officer is coming from," said Randy Reinhardt, a village landlord. "However, I believe there are plenty of tenants' rights now. Some landlords might not be aware of some of the codes."

Reinhardt suggested offering an education forum for both landlords and tenants before considering the law. Officials took an impromptu poll of those present at the public hearing to see who would be interested in attending a forum and nearly every hand went up.

"Educate us first," a resident said.

After closing the hearing, officials decided to remove the law from the agenda for the meantime and organize a codes education seminar instead for both landlords and tenants. Trustee Rick Presley said concerns made the issue an agenda item in the first place and those concerns should be addressed. Whether the education seminar would address those concerns sufficiently enough to allow abandonment of the law remained to be seen.

"If it comes again, we'll need another public hearing," said Mayor Joe Saraceni.

Skating rink to return

Generosity from the village of Liverpool and a Baldwinsville resident will make the village ice skating rink a reality again this year.

Mayor Joe Saraceni said he spoke with Liverpool Mayor Marlene Ward and she agreed to loan Liverpool's seasonal ice skating rink to Baldwinsville for use at the old Harrington Firehouse site. He added that a resident agreed to loan a shed to the village for storing ice skates. Both are being loaned at no cost to the village.

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