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Norfolk supervisor working on revised codes

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NORFOLK — The town may soon have a code book for the first time in its history.

Supervisor Charles A. Pernice said he has been gradually assembling a Norfolk codebook over the last 18 months. He has submitted it to Town Attorney Eric J. Gustafson for review and expects to schedule a public hearing on it in the near future.

The Town Council adopted land use and development guidelines in 1973, but all other parts of code are scattered in records, Mr. Pernice said. The codebook will solve that problem.

“Every ordinance we ever passed is going to be in one book,” Mr. Pernice said. “It’s all going to be in one place.”

The code book will feature more than 20 changes to town codes, including stricter laws on noise, problematic dogs and other quality-of-life issues, Mr. Pernice said. The ordinances are designed to encourage residents to be good neighbors.

Mr. Pernice looked at examples used in other towns as he drafted the proposed codes.

“We’re trying to make it easier for the dog officer, police officers and court to deal with local problems with local legislation,” Mr. Pernice said.

Code Enforcement Officer Leonard J. “Max” Halpern offered input as Mr. Pernice worked on the code book. The book, for example, will allow him to write tickets for junk cars on properties. Only the police department can handle such complaints now, he said.

“It just gives you more tools to work with,” Mr. Halpern said. “It closes some loopholes.”

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