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Oswegatchie code enforcer helps Morristown as they look to fill vacancy

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MORRISTOWN – Timothy C. Tuttle, Oswegatchie code enforcement officer, has been tapped to fill in for Lanetta Kay Davis, formerly the Morristown code enforcement officer, who resigned last month.

Citing health reasons, Ms. Davis stepped aside and Mr. Tuttle stepped in to help the town beginning the week of Nov. 5.

Town Supervisor Frank L. Putman said Mr. Tuttle is filling in for two weeks on a reciprocal basis with Ms. Davis after she filled in for him previously.

Going forward the town will begin paying him for his services at a rate to be determined next week.

Mr. Tuttle said he would be willing to continue helping the town through till the end of the year.

“It’s stretching out my time really thin,” he said, noting the geographic constraints of covering multiple large, rural townships.

Town Council Member David VanArnam said it often takes longer for the code enforcer to drive to the job site than preform the inspection.

But the town will have to come up with a permanent solution.

“I’d like to see them do something soon so I can start training [the new hire],” said Mr. Tuttle.

Council Member Howard Warren said he wants to “see what’s out there” as far as potential code enforcement officers.

Mr. VanArnam suggested splitting up the duties of the next code enforcer between the town and village.

While Ms. Davis was working she dealt with village code concerns and the permit money went to the town.

Mr. VanArnam said the village could be asked to help pay for the code enforcer at a more substantial level.

Council Member David Stout said the town should “make the village pay for the village zoning and we can keep the [town code enforcer] a part time position.”

A part time position would mean the officer works no more than 19 hours a week for the town.

Mr. Tuttle said, “There’s more to it than just inspecting buildings.” He added that fire inspections take quite a lot of time and the officer also has meetings to attend and mandatory training.

The Town Council will discuss the matter further on Nov. 20.

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