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Re-codification discussion held by the Blasdell Village Board

The last re-codification in Blasdell took place more than 20 years ago. A similar re-writing could be in the works in the foreseeable future, as discussion of the hypothetical action occurred during last Wednesday’s (June 19) meeting.

Village Attorney James Shaw stated the need for re-enacting certain sections of the Blasdell code, particularly in re-wording outdated language items that had been established many years ago. It was also noted that certain portions of the code still contain references of water and sewer allusions, two items that the village does not handle as an entity any longer. Games of Bingo and inspectors for such events are additionally described in code wording but are described as not currently holding substance in Blasdell’s legal arena.

Additionally, Shaw said, the scenarios mentioned in the court section of the code that include jail sentences being an option for a judge to enact in the case of uncommon or lesser violations are not currently realistic. Such offenses in the summons section, the attorney said, could include matters such as uncut grass and playing loud music.

“No judge in my time has issued jail time over (noted smaller offenses),” said Shaw, who added that the last re-codification in the village happened in 1991.

The attorney stated that judges imposing maximum or substantial fines for such matters is a far more likely and profitable response from a Blasdell point of view. Piggybacking on an idea brought by Blasdell Police Lieutenant Joe Gramaglia recently to a village board meeting, Shaw mentioned the possibility of installing a system of imparting citations that have the option of mailing in a “guilty” plea along with the noted fine amount.

Gramaglia had additionally suggested at a March meeting establishing a book of violations for law enforcement purposes, with the intent of allowing patrol officers more time on the streets and less time completing paperwork. The concept incorporates a City of Buffalo ordinance book, which contains between 30 and 40 defined violations, even ones thought of as being enforced infrequently. Another Buffalo-borrowed concept would include having parking fines being directed through attached tickets and envelopes for mailed payments.

The lieutenant estimated that between 10 and 20 violations could be listed in Blasdell’s hopeful ordinance book. Gramaglia also advocated for a system in which officers who respond to cases of rarer incidents could utilize on-scene tickets that include a brief incident narrative section for the officer to fill, as well as a summons date for the perpetrator to return to court.

Shaw described at last Wednesday’s meeting the possible code changes as an “omnibus,” a term defined as a single legislative document containing many laws or amendments. The omnibus could be brought about through a local law in July or August.

In other meeting action, Blasdell Deputy Mayor Lou McDonald stated that four “Little Library” units are painted and ready to be placed within the village in the next few days. Each unit is slated to be stocked with books for residents to use at their leisure.

Other items included the Village Board approving the following items:

• The village entering into an agreement with the company of Wendel regarding project work on Salisbury Avenue, with an amount of $13,000 designated for design and bid services, as well as $3,950 for further project review.

• The appointment of Erik Kozel to the rolls of the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department; and Joshua Sporyz as a summer staff member of the village’s recreation department.

• The execution of an extension agreement between the village and the Frontier Central School District for the purchase of automotive fuel from July 2013 through June 2014.

• Village Administrator Clerk Treasurer Janet Plarr attending the New York Conference of Mayors Annual Fall Training, which will take place September 9-12 in Saratoga Springs.


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