On April 17, I declared a State of Emergency (SOE) in the Town of Williamson. I did this, along with the other 4 lakeshore towns, Ontario, Sodus, Huron and Wolcott. The SOE allows the issuance of emergency orders and supports the County’s and New York State of Emergency.
Since April 17, I have attended many meetings with State representatives to review the situation. Williamson has been working with the Town of Ontario filling sand bags for Williamson and Ontario residents. When Williamson and Ontario have met the town residents needs we have been sending sand bags to Wolcott and Huron. We want to thank K.M. Davies and Baldwin Richardson Foods for pallets, Sheriff Barry Virts County inmates and Correction Officers for their help in filling bags. Residents can find information on the Town’s website on how to request and install the sandbags.
The Town Board has contracted with an Engineering firm to review all new-build construction plans. New builds over 20,000 sq. ft. requires Architecture stamped plans in most cases. This is a requirement of NYS Uniform building code, not a Town requirement. Once the Architect plans are received they are sent to the Engineering firm for review. By law the Town has 30 days to review the plans. Once the plans are reviewed the results are sent back to the code officer and then to the owner. There are two main reasons the town has decided to do this: 1) Consistency, the plans are reviewed by a professional, knowledgeable, and most importantly, an Independent Engineering firm. 2) by sending the plans out for review it frees up some of the Building Inspector’s time, which he can use to conduct required building inspections. This is an area I have received some complaints on as the Building Inspector is a part-time position. The Town is required to follow/inspect to the NYS Uniform Building Code. The Town has taken these steps to remove any personalities from the process. I want to restate in most cases the requirements for Architectural plans are a New York State requirement before a building permit can be issued.
The Town Clerk wants me to remind residents of the following:
- the Town Clerk’s office is selling E-Z passes
- a “drop box” is located in the main Town Hall lobby for any payment that goes to the Town Clerk. The “drop box” is available 24/7 and can be accessed from the outside of the building.
- utility bills and taxes can be made on the Town’s website – note: dog licenses that need new rabies certification cannot be made online.
There has been a change to the Town Complex Office Hours, they are as follows:
On Monday through Friday all offices open at 8:00 a.m., on Monday thru Thursday the offices close as listed – Accounting – 5:00 p.m., Assessor and Building – 4:30 p.m, Supervisor and Town Clerk – 5:30 p.m. and on Friday all offices close at 4:00 p.m.
The “Town Clean-up” days were held on May 5th, 6th and 7th. There was a total of 783 vehicles that went through the line. I want to take the Town personnel from the Highway, Water and Wastewater Departments that staffed the event during the rainy weather.
Lastly, I want to congratulate Williamson’s newest Eagle Scout, Matthew L. Kuhl. He was presented Boy Scouts highest honor at the Town Park lodge on May 5th.