BROCTON - With summer in full swing and village of Brocton homeowners maintaining their yards, the village code enforcement officer has been identifying those who have fallen behind.
At a recent board of trustees meeting, code enforcement officer Alan Gustaphson reported that during a busy June and July, he has tried to concentrate on grass height ordinances and brush pickup rules and will be issuing informational door hangers reminding residents of expectations.
Brocton Fire Chief Jim Rizzo, who attended to report on department business, addressed Gustaphson noting he understands the reasoning for brush pickup rules that call for brush to be set out just prior to pickup (the third Monday of each month), although he feels debris will still be left curbside way before pickup, just bagged up in garbage bags.
"I understand the ordinance from an appearance standpoint, and that it should be set out just before the first Monday of the month, but it's sort of a double-sided sword, what's the alternative?" asked Rizzo.
Village Electric Lineman Joe Majkowski reminded those at the meeting that at any time of the month, residents can bring debris to the village's tool house on Highland Avenue, where crews drop off what they pick up throughout the month.
The stipulations of seasonal brush pickup state that debris should be placed curbside at village properties no sooner than the weekend before Monday pickup, which falls on every third Monday of the month.
Brocton Mayor Dave Hazelton noted that the village will continue to enforce its current policies on grass height and brush pickup and address individual issues as they arise.
One such issue concerning a neglected property on Fay Street in the village was discussed by the trustees. The board approved a motion on the advisement of Village Attorney Sam Drayo allowing them to direct village crews to maintain the property exterior if no response to a written communication was given to the village hall, and subsequently the village could place a lien on the property for cleanup costs.
Mayor Hazelton added that the board may want to consider having a standby contract on hand for someone to clean up properties in such instances, freeing up village crews to focus on village work.
A recently purchased burn property located at 101 Old Mill St. was also discussed by board members. Gustaphson reported to the board that the new owner, who obtained the property through the county tax sale process, may decide to rehab the structure rather than demolish it.
Attorney Drayo confirmed that if the property was purchased through a county tax sale, the property owner would need to follow what the tax sale stipulated, which calls for demolition of the burned structure.
Gustaphson also reported to trustees that Brocton is still awaiting an engineering report regarding the burned Tri-Church Parish property on Main Street. Drayo advised the trustees that the village may elect to send a position letter to the church's insurance company notifying it that the village would like the matter resolved.
Hazelton added "They've had a year, and the insurance company can't just hold us captive."
The mayor also addressed the impending vacancy of the Community Bank branch on Main Street in the village.
"The bank has made a notification that they will be closing before year end. I've checked with state and federal banking departments to inquire who regulates that branch, and under federal banking regulations they are within their rights to close. I have talked with a savings and loan institution and two commercial banks to find interest in moving into that space, so far I haven't had a response positive, or negative," stated the mayor.
The board will meet again on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.