Supervisor wants codes refund

NORWICH – In a dispute over re-roofing permit fees, Town of Norwich Supervisor David C. Law threatened Wednesday to hire a code enforcement officer for his town instead of using Chenango County’s codes department.

Waving a handful of building permits representing thousands of dollars that he has signed this year, including for such hefty projects as the Wal-Mart Superstore and Lowe’s, Law said his town board and constituents take issue with the particular $25 fee because it is not part of the county’s 1988 Local Codes Law. He made a motion at a meeting of the Safety & Rules Committee Wednesday to refund the fee that was “unlawfully” charged to 13 of the town’s taxpayers.

“That sounds like a threat,” Committee Chairman Alton B. Doyle, R-Guilford, said.

Law said his town board is “adamant” about the issue and people who need to “be refunded now.”

“If that is not in effect, we will drop out of Chenango County Code Enforcement and have our own or go in with Greene. We don’t approve of all these codes. The next thing you’ll hear is you are going to have to have a permit to paint your house.”

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