Council OKs ordinances

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council unanimously passed a series of ordinance changes during Tuesday’s meeting of the Common Council.

The ordinances generated little public comment during an April 26 meeting.

An ordinance on building construction was altered to remove a section from the city code regarding compliance with provisions dealing with owner, lessor, occupant or agent in non-compliance, since it was found to be redundant.

Another change creates a uniform procedure for dealing with bulk pickup of bulk household items or appliances. Another change also clarifies circumstances for declarations of imminent danger on properties.

Other ordinances

The council is still fine tuning three ordinances dealing with garbage, snow removal and lawn maintenance.

More than a dozen people spoke out against one or more of those proposals at a public hearing April 26. The council’s Blight Committee decided to alter those proposed ordinance changes.

A new proposal would allow for up to eight 48-gallon trash containers per building, instead of the previous four 32-gallon containers that were proposed. The revised changes also remove the requirement for each container to have a lid.

The Blight Committee determined it would get rid of a current requirement prohibiting the accumulation of organic matter on lawns. City officials said the restriction could mean people should not have certain types of mulch, or are not allowed to leave grass clippings on their lawns.

The committee also decided to change a proposal that would have required people to clear a 36-inch-wide path on sidewalks within 24 hours after snowfall. Under the new proposal, the width requirement would be reduced to 24 inches to accommodate snowbanks and other property issues.

Third Ward Councilman Vincent DeSantis said there were a couple of changes that still needed to be made to the ordinances, but did not provide details.

City Attorney Anthony Casale said he would want any changes to the ordinances by Friday.

A public hearing on the remaining ordinance changes will take place May 24.

Kerry Minor covers Gloversville. She can be reached at [email protected]

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