By Ann Belcher
BROCTON - The village of Brocton will move toward the new year with a newly-hired code enforcement officer. Village board members met recently for their regular meeting and resolved to appoint Alan Gustafson as a part-time code enforcement officer with no benefits included with his hourly rate.
Gustafson will be responsible for enforcing zoning ordinances and is expected to uphold all New York State Building and Construction codes within the village, according to the official resolution adopted at the meeting.
Village Attorney Sam Drayo verified that the board was provided Gustafson's proof of certification with his application for the position and noted he would need to be signed in to the village's Oath of Office book as the newly appointed officer for Brocton.
Gustafson appeared at a regular meeting to better acquaint himself with the board of trustees and to answer any questions board members had for him and noted he would be "working out a scheduled set of hours once I get a feel for the Brocton area and see what would be best."
Having worked in other townships and municipalities locally, Gustafson noted he will be completing the remainder of his field's required continuing education units in November and that his familiarity with retired officer John Monaco, with whom he attended officer training, is what drew him to apply for the position.
The board also resolved to amend the village's long-standing zoning law concerning privacy fence heights during their meeting.
After holding the required public hearing on the amendment, the zoning law now allows for privacy fences to be built to six feet without the need for a special use permit to be obtained. The law, which will take effect upon filing with the Secretary of State's office, will eliminate the routine process of homeowners' filing for special use permits for the standard fence height, which the old law allowed for at a height of only four feet.
In other matters, Brocton's Fire Chief Brian Woleben reported another successful Cub Scout Fire Muster, a regional event held for the second time at Brocton's Fire Hall.
"The muster went very well, with almost 200 in attendance including kids, parents and siblings. Everyone walked away learning something valuable that day," stated Woleben.
In other department news, Brocton Mayor Dave Hazelton reported that the department's fire whistle has been decreased to a one-minute blast time without needing to be sent in to be reprogrammed.
Also approved by board members was the application process for the county's Hazardous Mitigation grant program and a continuance of the Fuel Depot Agreement between the village; Brocton Central School; the town of Portland and Portland Fire Protection District #1 for the maintenance of a cooperative gasoline and diesel pumping storage facility owned by the town. The Fuel Depot agreement will continue for the next five years with quarterly meetings being held to update financials and the school business officer will continue to maintain fuel usage records and billing duties, while the town will continue to operate the facility.
Members of the board offered their well wishes to fellow trustee Art Donovan for a speedy recovery following a brief illness.
The board met again on Wednesday Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.