MASSENA - Town Councilman Charles A. Raiti informed fellow board members this week that it would be at least another month before the village board approved the inter-municipal agreement connected to the joint code enforcement office.
Its going to be another month on the IMA, he said, explaining that the village elected to alter wording in the agreement.
Their attorney is going to look at it, and theyll approve it next month, he said.
Despite not approving the agreement, the village did hire Peter Devine as its code enforcement officer, essentially giving Massena residents a joint code enforcement office.
Mr. Raiti noted that the reason for changes in the agreement were concerns from the Massena Permanent Friefighters over potential conflicts from firefighters receiving two different sets of directions - one from Mr. Devine and one from the department supervisor on duty that day. The paid firefighters handle a variety of tasks for the code office, including inspections of rental properties.
All he has to do it call Kenny (fire department foreman Ken McGowan) and say I need two code enforcement officers that day, Councilman Joseph F. Macaulay suggested.
Councilman Albert N. Nicola suggested town officials hold a meeting with village officials, the code enforcement officer and the fire department.
You need to head it off before it becomes a problem, he said. This office needs to be very user friendly. If its not, thats going to stifle growth.
Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said hes just happy to see the position finally filled.
Im not interested in making the fire department happy or the code enforcement officer happy. Im interested in keeping the people happy, he said. Im tired of sick of that office being dark. That office needs to be open 8 to 4:30 like all the other offices.