BATAVIA – New code enforcement rules aimed in part at neighborhood nuisances are working well as compliance times are improving and violations are dropping, according to a written report given this week to the City Council at its monthly conference session.
The report, which followed several weeks of discussion among City Manager Jason R. Molino and members of the City Council, centered on one troubling street.
Holland Avenue, west of downtown, has about 20 residences, and spurred 98 calls to code enforcers and police in a two-year period.
Neighborhood nuisances include tall grass, needed repairs, debris, junk and unlicensed vehicles. The city stakes out one of four quadrants each year, giving owners time to make repairs. Enforcement has resulted in a sharp drop in violations with an average compliance time of one to three days.
The Council also:
• Joined municipalities that oppose the New York SAFE gun-control act, a law that took effect earlier this year and is opposed by gun owners. The resolution states the Council “considers such a law to be unnecessary and a violation beyond lawful legislative authority.”
• Received a recommendation that a contract for sanitary sewer work on upper Tracy Avenue and Hart Street be awarded to Randsco Pipeline Inc., at $581,950, the lowest of three bidders.
• Made several budget adjustments to bring spending into balance with the help of $37,776 in video lottery terminal proceeds from the Batavia Downs Casino.