City Council deals with issues related to septic tanks, contractor regulation and noise ordinance
City council has set a public hearing for Oct. 1 on proposed changes to its septic system requirements.
The resolution to schedule the hearing came after a debate between Councilor Albert Dickson and the rest of council over whether a public hearing should be held before resolving an issue that has been delayed pending further discussion.
The original proposal included requirements for the installation of nitrogen reducing I / A systems in any expansion or renovation, or the basement finishing of any residential structure, or the construction of any new accessory structure.
The only way to avoid an upgrade would be to have the existing system certified by a New York State licensed engineer to show that it is working effectively. The provision would not apply to exterior work having no impact on water use.
Mr. Dickson’s colleagues did not oppose the provision, but considered it too broad and wanted the opportunity to discuss it further without delaying action on the remaining provisions.
“It’s embarrassing,” Dickson said at Friday’s meeting about not resolving this provision. “It doesn’t matter,” he said of the implementation of the other provisions.
The vote was 3 to 1 to move forward with the public hearing while continuing to discuss the provision Mr. Dickson considers essential to improving water quality. The provisions to be discussed on October 1 appear on the City’s website under the City Topics tab.
Home renovation contractors
Another public hearing on October 1 would abolish the current Chapter 79 of the city code dealing with home-based entrepreneurs.
It is to be replaced by a new chapter to allow contractors and landscapers to set standards, including provisions for insurance, workers’ compensation and other requirements. Supervisor Gerry Siller said he would meet with contractors ahead of this hearing.
The proposal as it currently stands can be found on the City’s website under the City’s Topics tab.
What’s in a word?
An attempt to clarify the existing noise ordinance with an exemption for charitable events is pending pending further discussion of whether the word “primary” or “sole” should be used to indicate the purpose that constitutes a charitable event.
Some preferred to start with the primary and then narrow it down to a single goal, if that became necessary.
But others believed that the use of the primary created a loophole that could allow business events to benefit from an exemption from the noise ordinance. It’s back to the drawing board before it comes back for a vote.