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New Scotland ethics law back on table

The law states one member of the board is to be a town employee, but not an elected official. Other members can be politically active, but not serve as an officer for a political party.

The deadline to submit a letter of interest to the town supervisor's office is Monday, Aug. 2, at 5 p.m.

In other business:

The town is considering an "Unsafe Building Law" that would give town government the power to require the rehabilitation or removal of structures deemed unsafe or dangerous by the town's building inspector.

The law states among the menaces imposed by such dilapidated buildings is they "serve as an attractive nuisance for young children who may be injured therein, as well as a point of congregation by vagrants and transients."

Existing state and town codes aren't strong enough to force the rehabilitation of degrading structure in town, said Supervisor Thomas Dolin, who added his office has long received complaints about vacant, crumbling structures.

"[The building inspector] said we didn't really have a very good legal basis to proceed under our current laws," he said.

Also, the law would allow the town to seek reimbursement or put a lien on the property should the town be forced to do the work to stabilize or demolish the structure itself.

"The building code doesn't allow you to recover the cost," Dolin said.

Under the proposed law, the building inspector would forward cases to the Town Board, which would rule on a course of action.

A public hearing on the law was set for Wednesday, Aug. 11, before the regularly scheduled Town Board meeting.

Local businesswoman Thea Snyder is hoping her Corner Gateway small business service store can be a different kind of resource for the town.

She appeared before the Town Board Wednesday to propose using part of her store located at the corner of routes 85 and 85A as a welcome center for the town. It would provide resources not only for visitors, but for longtime residents, she said.

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