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F'ville continues talks on rental law

"This rental law is not going to cure all of these problems by no stretch of the imagination," said Coleman, who is a member of Randall's committee. "If you think it is, then we are way off base."

Olson said he has talked with East Syracuse Mayor Danny Liedka, who said it has helped "clean up" his village.

The proposed law's legal ramifications concern trustee Mike Small. Before any such rental property monitoring legislation is signed and sealed, Small said it must be clear and concise and not open to interpretation. In addition, he fears potential lawsuits resulting from personal and legal conflicts between involved parties.

He said it should focus solely on the safety of the dwelling.

"If this law is created, what safeguards will be in place to ensure the privacy of the owner and tenant are preserved?" he asked.

Small also recommended a waiver of responsibility be available for property owners and tenants who refuse inspections. He said exterior visual inspections could be completed in such cases.

Small suggested the establishment of a rental registry system to determine the number of rental properties in order to address property maintenance issues.

"I'm not in favor of copying another community." Small said, "without reviewing the specific impact it will have on the village and its taxpayers and residents."

Randall said he is scheduling at least two more committee meetings before presenting a final draft and checklist to the board. He has a November target date.

Firehouse construction on schedule

In other business, the board heard from Sean Foran of Hueber-Breuer Construction Co. that the fire department could be in its new home, old location by next May.

If the milestone schedule stays on track, Foran said the new firehouse would be ready for useful occupancy by May 1, 2011.

John Zych is a regular contributing writer for the Eagle Bulletin.

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