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Village of North Collins new code enforcement officer seeks direction

Newly appointed Code Enforcement Officer Phil Tremblay attended the North Collins Village Board meeting on Oct. 2 to seek direction.

Tremblay, who holds the same post with the Town of North Collins, wanted to notify residents that the 337-3115 village phone number is automatically redirected to his cell phone making him available all day. He further asked the board what it would specifically like him to concentrate on in his duties.

Trustee Brenda Bauer-Petrus said she would like him to be “more proactive rather than reactive.” She also requested that a quarterly written report be submitted to the board.

Village Attorney Richard Schaus, reflecting on his work with Tremblay at the town level said, “Mr. Tremblay is very good at getting people to become compliant in the town, usually, just by talking with them.”

The village currently has several boarded up and abandoned homes within its boundaries that cause concern. Tremblay said he was familiar with the situation and that people “walking away from their properties” is a problem in other communities as well.

The board scheduled Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. as the date for a public hearing on proposals for Community Block Grant funding for 2013. The board is facing an Oct. 29 deadline to file for the aid. Mayor Vincent George said that Rural Transit funding would be requested as in the past but was unsure of what other projects would be priorities. He thought additional funding be sought to complete both phases of of a planned flood mitigation project in the village, currently being funded by a 2012 grant or the establishment of an emergency demolition fund to address persistent problem properties.

Resident Russ Judson inquired on the availability of old fire hydrants, especially those that were painted for the Village Centennial last year, once the current water project is complete. He reported that some residents would like to obtain them. George responded that the DPW will determine which ones should be kept as spares or utilized for parts. Once that is completed he believed the remainder could be made available.

Resident Frank Montaldi inquired if there are sufficient funds remaining in the water project budget to install a new line along Thiel Road. George replied that there are several bids yet to be let out, but that the information he currently has points to enough money being available to run the Thiel line.

The board set Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. as the sanctioned time for “Trick or Treating” in the village.

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