Council Seeks Public Input on Proposed Local Law

OSWEGO, NY – The Common Council voted unanimously Monday night to set a public hearing regarding a change to the city code.

Mayor Billy Barlow said bringing properties owned by landlords and others into compliance with the city’s code and NYS Building Code is a top priority for his administration.

City Attorney Kevin Caraccioli requested consideration of amending the provisions Chapter 83-5 of the city code.

That chapter addresses dangerous buildings and the city’s authority to notify the property owners of certain violations to their property and order “the immediate repair or demolition of dangerous buildings.”

According to the city attorney, the code authorizes the city engineer to conduct hearings and order the repair or demolition of dangerous buildings. It also empowers him to order the occupants of the building to vacate the premises.

However, the position of city engineer remains unfilled on the manner required by the charter and therefore the most expedient way to ensure that the provisions of Chapter 83 can be legally enforced is to change the position of authority from city engineer to the director of code enforcement, Caraccioli noted.

The proposed local law would do just that.

There is a need to ensure that property owners, including landlords, adhere to the code of the city, the attorney said, adding that the local law would do that and provide the city with the flexibility to enforce additional, applicable provisions of the code.

The public hearing will be held at 7:10 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 13 W. Oneida St.

The local law will take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.