continued “Maybe we can apply those savings … without coming up with new money,” Buffardi said.
The town will also be negotiating a new contract with the police union this year.
Efforts to step up, or start, code enforcement will be another push this year.
“We have had a tremendous lack of code enforcement in the town,” Buffardi said. “We need to improve those efforts to bring our properties into compliance and make the town look better. It also could be a funding mechanism for code enforcement to bring in resources to the town.”
Buffardi said the town has only done compliance enforcement seeking voluntary participation. The code enforcement officers haven’t written any citations because there aren’t any forms or appearance tickets, according to Buffardi. He said there has been “a degree” of voluntary compliance, but the properties that are “really bad” don’t comply. Buffardi said there are a few target areas for the town, but declined to offer specific details.
“We didn’t have laws to cover many things,” Buffardi said. “It will help to clean up the town, but it will also bring revenue in through the enforcement effort.”
To help spur economic development, Buffardi suggested rezoning several properties around I-88 and Exit 25A to suit commercial or office construction.
“There are agriculturally-zoned properties there that are inefficient for housing, but would be efficient for economic development should we properly zone them,” Buffardi said, “so we are going to look into the process of proactively zoning them for economic development.”
He said the area isn’t attractive for housing being located next to a highway, but business or office complexes could be developed.
Another way to spur economic development, he said, is to focus on the Burdeck Street corridor, with the possibility of installing a sewer line through the area.
Buffardi reflected on achievements from last year, such as settling the town’s legal battle with General Electric over its assessment.