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North Elba sets hearings on new laws for septic tanks, condemning buildings

November 16, 2018
By GRIFFIN KELLY - Staff Writer (gkelly@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The North Elba Town Council scheduled two public hearings for Dec. 11. One at 6:30 p.m. regards proposed laws for septic systems on properties around the actual Lake Placid, and the other at 6:45 p.m. pertains to establishing a new law for unsafe buildings.

To help protect Lake Placid lake from pollution of excess nutrients, the town board wants to create a local law that would have the code enforcement officer inspect septic tanks on properties around the lake every five years or if there is reason to believe the tank is not functioning properly.

The proposed law says damaged septic tanks are "more likely to be a threat to public health with particularly acute impacts upon the general public through impairing and contaminating precious ecological resources of the Town of North Elba and rendering drinking water unsafe."

The proposed law also establishes minimum standards for proper ownership of a septic tank such as tanks being equipped with high-level alarms and a copy of the pump out records is to be submitted before inspection.

If a tank does not meet inspection, than the property owner will be issued a violation, punishable by a fine not exceeding $950, or imprisonment no longer than 15 days.

The second hearing will address building safety.

The board wants to establish a local law that would let the town condemn a building and tear it down at the property owner's expense.

"We've had problems with a few buildings in the past," town Supervisor Roby Politi said at Tuesday night's board meeting. "There would be wild animals like raccoon living in places. The buildings could also be fire hazards."

Currently, the process of tearing down a building for safety reasons calls for court orders. This new law would bypass all that.

 
 

 

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