Town Hall Notes: Southold code violators to get a visitor

03/17/2011 1:51 PM |

Southold Town is planning to send out its building department staff to notify residents and business owners if they are violating the town code.

Supervisor Scott Russell said that the public awareness campaign could save business owners money that they might otherwise spend on illegal improvements.

The Town Board plans to meet with building department staff in two weeks to discuss the plan, which relies in part on new software called Municity that allows building inspectors with laptops to collect data on individual properties in the field. The inspectors will also be able to print out sections of the code to show property owners what they need to do to bring their properties into compliance.

Southold Town Board member Chris Talbot, who is the building inspector for Southampton Village, has been driving the enforcement effort.

He estimated at a Town Board work session Tuesday that 90 percent of business owners will comply right away if they are told they are in violation of a code provision. Currently, he said, the town’s code enforcement officer responds to complaints about possible violations but he can’t patrol the whole town.

Mr. Talbot added that Southold is probably the only town on Long Island that does not have a full-time fire marshal, and that the town will likely have to make fire safety inspector Robert Fisher’s part-time job a full-time position in the future.

FREE ELECTRONICS DISPOSAL
As of April 1, electronics companies doing business in New York State will be required to pay for disposal of their old products. The change in the law has proved a boon for Southold Town residents, who currently pay to dispose of their old computers, televisions and other so-called “e-waste” at the Cutchogue transfer station. As of April 1, residents will be able to drop off their e-waste for free because of the new rule.

The Town Board voted Tuesday to contract with the Mount Vernon, N.Y., company WeRecycle!, which is paid by electronics manufacturers to recycle used electronics. WeRecycle! plans to pay Southold three cents a pound for e-waste brought to the Cutchogue transfer station.

Residents now pay a fee based on weight to drop off their old electronics. The town still collected 80,000 pounds of electronics last year, town waste management director James Bunchuck told the Town Board Tuesday.

Mr. Bunchuck said that WeRecycle! has been vetted by manufacturers to ensure that the company does not use child laborers to sort through the waste, an issue that came up during the debate over the new law. The company also does its processing in the United States.

Bins for free disposal of e-waste will be placed in the recycling area at the Cutchogue transfer station as of April 1.
Southold will also begin accepting leaves, brush and branches for free at the town compost facility at the Cutchogue transfer station on April 1. The six-week free grace period lasts until May 15.

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  • please leave us alone. Please has become a police state. If there are no complaints just leave us alone already!

  • please leave us alone. Please has become a police state. If there are no complaints just leave us alone already!

  • Please. This isn’t going to go anywhere. Think about it. The first business (owned by a Republican) that a building inspector visits for no reason… the town board will shut down this so called public awareness program.

  • Please. This isn’t going to go anywhere. Think about it. The first business (owned by a Republican) that a building inspector visits for no reason… the town board will shut down this so called public awareness program.

  • Southold Town is planning to send out its GESTAPO department staff to notify residents and business owners if they are violating the town code. For their own good, those in noncompliance will be sent to a reeducation center where they will be taught how to be good little sheep.

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    phins

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  • “Mr. Talbot added that Southold is probably the only town on Long Island that does not have a full-time fire marshal, and that the town will likely have to make fire safety inspector Robert Fisher’s part-time job a full-time position in the future. ” ANOTHER GOVERNMENT PAID FOR BY THE TAXPAYERS CUSHY JOB

  • STOP THIS INSANITY. WE DO NOT WANT SOUTHOLD TO BECOME LIKE SOUTHAMPTON. THOUSANDS OF ILLEGALS ARE ALLOWED TO SHACK UP IN ROACH INVESTED SUBURBAN TENAMENT HOUSES BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE ARE NEEDED TO GREASE THE WHEELS OF LOCAL BUSINESSES AND WEALTHY SUMMER RESIDENTS WHILE LAW ABIDING TAX PAYING FULL TIME RESIDENTS ARE HARASSED, FINED AND DRIVEN TO SPEND MONEY ON ATTORNEYS SO AS TO DEFEND AGAINST AN OVERBEARING POLITICALLY CORRUPT TOWN/VILLAGE GOVERNMENT…

  • A bunch of employees have already lodged complaints about this guy in Southold. He is a cancer.

  • A bunch of employees have already lodged complaints about this guy in Southold. He is a cancer.

  • When can we vote this guy out?

  • Scott Russell is calling the shots. Chris Talbot is only one of the bobbly heads on the Board Scott is using as the hit man on this issue.

  • So if I read you right Benja and the others, code enforcement on issues of safely building and the cutting corners by some is perfectly OK as long as they do not get caught. There are reasons for the building codes and I can not figure why you would not support the town getting everyone in complience. Bobbly head comment is quite immature.

  • I’m not sure this story is talking about “building codes” — I think they are talking about harassing honest businesses like go green and the wineries….

  • Keep up the good work Benja…always and forever QUESTION AUTHORITY.

  • “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely…”

  • “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely…”

  • “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it”

  • “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it”

  • My memory of the discussion is very different from the reporter’s story.

    I do not believe that the proposed new reporting program will involve a townwide sweep of residences and businesses by building department staff. My impression was that only property owners who will be lucky enough to have a member of the building department visit their property for some other reason will have their properties inspected for noncompliance issues.

    But don’t take my word for it. The issue is scheduled to be discussed at the next Town Board Worksession, at 9am on March 29th, 2011

    You must be there if you want to know what is discussed.

    Southold Town Board “Worksessions” are not recorded and no minutes are kept.

    Although, when I made a FOIL request for the record of votes to enter into executive session “minutes” were created at least once.

  • East Hampton is the same…and low income housing and apartments? What a joke…they are usually taken by town workers and hispanic “families”(supposedly for a family of 4-5 , but then several more sneak in at night via bikes or drop offs and the “family” makes a profit off of them and can eventually live the American dream of home ownership)…where are inspectors for this? What about Greenport,Hampton bays, Flanders,etc. where there are illegal basement apartments or 15 people living in one house…inspectors? I don’t know about any roach infested tenaments in the Hampton area(maybe Riverhead and Flanders?) because these people live LARGE there…they make very good money,some of the women stay home and do the cleaning,cleaning and spit out babies so they can get sect.8,wic,food stamps,medicaid,etc.). I have seen on the North shore buildings that look like they would be in code violation…like where someone added a makeshift room on their shack or trailer…yes code inspectors are needed for all that. And a fire marshall? Another BIG joke…my brother has been a manager at various King Kullens on eastern L.I….emergency exits blocked off in the back rooms with garbage or boxes of supplies,stoves so laden with grease that they could catch fire,fire extinguishers buried by crap,etc….yes REAL inspectors are needed that don’t get their hands greased to look the other way.

  • Shouldn’t they be doing this already?????

  • “Southold Town is planning to send out its building department staff to notify residents and business owners if they are violating the town code.”

    The Staff better not come on proprty without my permission and I must be present.

  • This is absurd. You deleted all the references to Cowboy Councilman Chris Talbot’s past problems in Southampton as well as the complaints logged by Southold employees. Talk about censorship!

  • In reponse to Guest 3 hours ago:
    It occurs to me that the Suffolk Times is more interested in protecting the income derived from the Town’s Legal Notices than in reporting anything that might impugn the stature of Town officials, which is why references to Mr. Talbot’s checkered past were delete. I still remember when editorials made sense and reporters reported carefully and factually. Now we have sensationalized headlines , editorials so bland as to put one to sleep, and reports that they seem that they came fourth hand from the coffee shop.
    As far as the Town Board goes , we have two members( from different parties) who actually think things through, have no hidden agendas, speak their mind in the best interest of the towns residents, and work harder than they are compensated for. I applaud them ( and any observer already knows their names) and am embarrassed for the remainder.

  • chris talbot is the southampton village building inspector aka PARTY ANIMAL of mattituck high. (READ comment to “mattituck uncertain about corridor study…”) how convienent(spelling?)!?!?!? 90$(oop!!! i meant %) what are you on “PATROL” now!!! “PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN” please scott. LOL……….”WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROTTEN POTATOES NORTH FORK(and southampton village)

  • hey g- no hard feelings…………..can i have the names of the two “good” members.

  • GOOD POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • OF COURSE!!!!

  • “THEY” just figured out how to make a profit!!!!

  • there you go M- dig a little “deeper”!!!!!!!!!!

  • OF COURSE HE IS!!!!!!! (scott IS GREAT AT “DOUBLESPEAK” ) ………COUNTERACT 1984 WITH 1776—-ALEX JONES….INFOWARS.COM.

  • HERE!!!!!HERE!!!!! k-

  • aint that the TRUTH!!!!!!!

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  • The Suffolk Times kowtows to the town board. Censorship is just one of their tools…l

  • At least two complaints of harassment have been filed against him by Southold employees and nothing has been done.

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  • THE SOUTHAMPTON TIRE FOOD PANTRY LIVES!!

    By Dan Rattiner

    Two weeks ago Sunday, a Southampton Village building inspector shut down a private operation where people were feeding the hungry. It is a disgrace that they did this.

    Carol Whitby, who with her husband, Al, owns Southampton Tire, located across from the 7-Eleven in the Village, can almost every day see through her business’s show windows day laborers, legal and illegal, lined up on the sidewalk in front of the 7-Eleven looking for work. Over the winter, as the severe downturn deepened, it was apparent to her they were not often getting picked up. And on a few occasions, people came into her store just trying to get warm. One particular man asked her for $2 so he could get something to eat across the way. She gave it to him.

    The next day, when Sister Breige Levery of the Sister of Mercy Church in Water Mill came in for work being done on her car there, Whitby told her what had happened. Sister Breige suggested that she solicit funds from the parishioners of her church, have volunteers prepare food and that food be brought over and given away in the lobby of Southampton Tire.

    The soup kitchen opened. It was open for one week. Then came the shut down.

    Turns out a patriotic American named Tom Wedell who almost every day carries signs and pickets in front of the 7-Eleven against illegal immigrants on behalf of the Anti-Illegal Immigrant Association – which he has every right to do – decided to expand his operation to include the enforcement of what he believes to be laws against feeding illegal immigrants. He went into the 7-Eleven when he saw people taking food across the street to give to the hungry people at Southampton Tire and demanded they stop allowing food to be taken out of the store. The store manager asked him to leave the 7-Eleven, which he did, but he then went to the Town Hall to say that there was an illegal soup kitchen being run out of Southampton Tire.

    Apparently without anyone notifying the mayor about this, Assistant Building Inspector Chris Talbot, who in the absence of his boss, Town Building Inspector John Foster, was now in charge, went out to observe the violation.

    Talbot, decided that Whitby did not have permission to do this. He based it on a part of the code for pre-existing buildings and businesses where, under eating establishments, there is a prohibition about such establishments giving out free food without a special exception. Since there was no special exception here, and to get it Whitby would have to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals – a process that would take many months – he informed her that what she was doing was illegal.

    The feeding of the hungry at Southampton Tire therefo

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