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Village to review Massena fire inspection issues

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MASSENA - Following new that the town council had adopted the village’s fee schedule for its fire inspections, Mayor James F. Hidy said he wants to make sure the new fees don’t leave the village receiving less money than they did before.

Mr. Hidy said in the past the village had received a flat rate payment of $5,000 from the town for doing the fire inspections. Under the plan adopted by the town last week, the village would now collect and keep all of the inspection fees, saving the town from having to pay that $5,000 fee.

“We certainly don’t want to sell ourselves short,” Mr. Hidy said, explaining that he has spoken with Code Enforcement Department Head Ken McGowan and asked him to determine how many businesses are located outside of the village but in the township.

“Once we determine what way to go, we’ll draft an agreement,” Mr. Hidy said.

Town attorney Eric Gustafson was in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting.

Trustee Timothy J. Ahlfeld asked him about the status of the intermunicipal agreement, which outlines how expenses for the code enforcement office would be split between the town and village.

Mr. Gustafson said he took the basic bullet points that were presented to him at Wednesday’s town board meeting and made them into a more formal legal document.

Mr. Ahlfeld suggested a copy of that document be forwarded to village attorney Matthew McCardle so that he could review it before it was adopted by both boards.

“Then we’ll be back to where we were last June,” he said, explaining that once the town attorney has tweaked the document to reflect the town’s best interests, the village attorney would then do the same.

Trustee Patricia K. Wilson said that while the process is slow that’s the way government works. “It’s frustrating. It’s government,” she said.

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