BUSTI - Building projects are now being watched more carefully in the town of Busti.
On Monday, the Busti Town Board discussed the permit policy for construction projects in the town. Following the discussion, the Town Board issued a statement to residents on the policy.
The statement regarding building permits in Busti is: ''The Town Board wishes to remind each homeowner within the town of Busti that you must obtain a zoning and building permit before you start the construction, enlargement, alteration, improvement, removal, relocation or demolition of any building or structure. There are some exceptions to this rule, but it would be in your best interests to check with the code enforcement officer before you spend any time or money on a project that might require a permit.
If you fail to obtain a permit for a project that requires one, both you and your contractor may receive appearance tickets to appear in the town of Busti Justice Court and, if found to have violated the law, may be subject to fines of up to $1,000 per day for each day that the violation continues, imprisonment for up to one year or both.
Due to recent cases of town residents failing to obtain the necessary permits, the Town Board has asked the code enforcement officer to be especially diligent in enforcing these rules. Please remember to obtain a permit before starting your project. The town's code enforcement officer is Melanie Eddy, and she can be reached from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the town offices at 121 Chautauqua Ave., in Lakewood, or by telephone at 763-8561.''
After releasing the statement, Jesse Robbins, town supervisor, said several people in the town were not getting the appropriate building permits for construction projects.
''There were both new and multiple offenders,'' Robbins said.
Robbins said he doesn't know how many violators there were. He said town residents who follow the rules were voicing their displeasure that other home owners weren't following the law.
''There were people complaining that certain town citizens weren't getting permits. There were enough of them that we had to do this,'' Robbins said about releasing the statement.
Robbins said he believes there were some people doing construction projects on their houses who were unaware they needed a permit. However, he said there were others who were purposely breaking the law.
''Construction companies know they need a permit, and if they go and start building without one, that should be a red flag to them,'' Robbins said. ''This is a state law that has been in place. We're not making up a new one; we're just going to enforce this one.''