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Proposed changes to rental codes on hold in Town of Evans

The Town of Evans is putting proposed changes to Chapter 158 ‘Rental or Occupied Premises’ of their town code on hold in order to take public comments and suggestions into consideration.

The move to hold off on the adoption of Proposed Local Law No. 3 of the year 2013 for proposed revision to the Town Code, Chapter 158 Rental or Occupied Premises, Article XV, Section 84 was made following a public hearing held at the Feb. 27 meeting of the Evans Town Board.

The proposed change to the code calls for the addition of the following paragraph: “In the event of failure to obtain a rental permit prior to renting premises within the Town of Evans and a violation notice served upon the owner of said premise and the owner of said premise is aware of rental agreements there shall be a one-time surcharge paid to said town of $150 in addition to any consequence of a court proceeding.”

“Can someone explain to me what this means?” said resident Tom Tyler. “If you’re going to put a law together then put a law together but don’t make it ambiguous.”

Resident Ed Qualey also offered his take on the proposed addition.

“As I read this, we are concerned down on Lakeside,” Qualey said, “about the rising amount of renters and the things that go along with renting. In reading this law, there needs to be some adjustments and changes to the language. We’ve done some research on a number of communities throughout the country that have rental laws with recent changes and I think you’ve covered most of it in what you here already, but it seems the neighbors are left out, and it seems there is no protection for the neighbors. There’s ways of relieving grief that comes with late night parties for example, relief that isn’t just calling the police for every little thing. We could do a couple of different things, like notifying neighbors within 100 feet.”

“I don’t think we’re trying to write your laws for you,” Qualey said, “but we would like be able to influence what is going on.”

“In recognition of Mr. Qualey’s comments and information, what we are going to do is not act on Proposed Local Law No. 3 and we’re going to have all of this information presented to the board given to the building inspector,” Supervisor Keith Dash said. “You’ve got some good points here and want to get everyone together in order to take a look at all of this.”

Also at the meeting:

• Thomas Castle and Graig Leone were appointed as part time Police Officers at the pay rate of $15.10 per hour days and afternoons and $16.25 per hour midnights with the Evans Police Department to be called as needed.

• A bid in the amount of $7,550 was accepted from Industrial Appraisal Company to conduct an on-site inspection and appraisal of the buildings and structures, site improvements, fixed equipment, machinery and moveable equipment of the Town.

• Maureen Andrew was appointed as part time clerk as needed for the Parks Department at an hourly rate of $10.

• A Special Use Permit was issued to Creature Comforts Pet Resort, 1437 Pontiac Road, for a period of 2 years.

The meeting was adjourned and a page was set aside in the official record in honor of Russell Manguso Sr. for his dedication to the Town. Wednesday, February 27 was named Russell Manguso Sr. Day in the Town of Evans.

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