County considers extending building fee waiver

NORWICH – A temporary waiver of building inspection fees that followed on the heels of last month’s floods could be extended.

Members of the Chenango County Public Health Department made the request at a meeting of the Safety & Rules Committee last week. After a review of flood-related work and a discussion of federal funds for emergency assistance, the subcommittee forwarded a measure to the full Board of Supervisors that would extend the waiver to Oct. 31.

The previous suspension, and that of tipping fees at the county landfill, was to end July 26 but gave the chairman of the board permission to extend them to Aug. 14.

“We don’t expect assistance from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) until at least Sept. 30th,” Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Bates said. Individuals whose homes were lost or severely damaged could have received emergency assistance from New York State and FEMA already, but “they won’t be ready to rebuild in 60 days,” he added.

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