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The Telegram
  • Herkimer board adopts law dealing with rental properties

  • The Herkimer village board adopted a local law Tuesday evening requiring absentee landlords to provide the village with local agents or contacts.

    Action on the local law followed a public hearing, which drew no comments.

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  •  The Herkimer village board adopted a local law Tuesday evening requiring absentee landlords to provide the village with local agents or contacts.
    Action on the local law followed a public hearing, which drew no comments.
    Village Attorney Nicholas Macri said he had talked with the attorney for a neighboring village where a similar law has been enacted and was told the law has worked out well so far.
    “Hopefully, this will be a good thing,” said Macri. “It’s trying to get people to show some accountability — especially absentee landlords.”
    He said owners of rental properties who do not live within 35 miles of the village would be required to contact the village clerk’s office and fill out a form listing a local agent who could be contacted in case of any problems. Those who do not comply would be fined.
    Tina Cirelli, of the Herkimer Now Committee, noted three letters would be sent before fines are levied. The Herkimer Now Committee obtained a copy of a similar law in place in the village of Dolgeville and brought it to the Herkimer village board earlier this year, suggesting the board considered a similar law. The Herkimer Now Committee was formed by a group of people interested in revitalizing the village’s Main Street.
    Macri suggested an initial letter should be sent to rental property owners notifying them of the new law before any other action is taken.
    “You’ve got to give them notice,” he said. “It’s only fair. Then, if they don’t comply, they’re in violation.”
    Village Clerk Amanda Viscomi said she would need a form to use.
    Parking issues
    The village board also set a public hearing for April 15 at 7:05 p.m. on a proposed local law to amend the village vehicle and traffic code.
    The village attorney said he had met with Department of Public Works Superintendent Peter Macri to discuss the specifics of a local law to deal with parking issues on Steele Street.
    Police Chief Joseph Malone said at a meeting last month that the intersection of South Washington and Steele streets should be posted to keep motorists from parking too close to the corner. The village board would have to enact an ordinance prohibiting parking within 20 feet of the crosswalk. “No parking here to corner” signs would then be posted.
    Malone said motorists park their cars right up to the intersection, making it difficult to make turns onto Steele Street. The same problem exists at the intersection of Steele and South Main streets.
    The board will consider action on the proposed local law after a public hearing is conducted.
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