Orleans DA seeks code continuity

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 September 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Orleans County municipalities have different ways of enforcing building and property maintenance codes, which can be confusing to residents and businesses who want consistency across the county, said District Attorney Joseph Cardone.

He spoke to the County Legislature on Wednesday, asking the group to be part of a county-wide meeting with village and town officials about establishing consistency in code enforcement.

Cardone’s office prosecutes some of the code infractions. The code enforcement officers also go to court for code violations.

Legislature Chairman David Callard said he supported a push for more consistency in enforcement across the county. Cardone said many of the towns and villages have common code definitions, but they are interpreted differently by some code officers and municipalities.

The upcoming code enforcement meeting could also raise the prospect of county-wide code enforcement. In Wyoming County, a county about the same population as Orleans, the county handles county enforcement, which results in more uniformity throughout the county.

Cardone is reaching out to towns and villages, and offered to coordinate any meetings about the issue.