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Amenia’s Code Enforcement Officer Retorts

To the editor,
This letter is to clarify why “notices” (not violation summons) went out to property owners in Wassaic and Amenia in February, 2015.  The Town of Amenia’s supervisor and her son, Councilman Stephen Perotti, and another board member, decided to vote on a service to remove snow from sidewalks in the hamlets of Wassaic and Amenia.  What they failed to recognize is that the service they voted on did not include the application of salt and sand.  The offering of this substandard service gave the property owners a false sense of security and it did not relieve them from being subject to the Town of Amenia’s Code, Chapter 101-13. Snow and ice Removal Required. (“…owner, occupant, agent or person in charge shall also treat the sidewalks abutting such property with ashes, sand or other material in such manner as to reasonably enable a person to walk thereon with safety.”)
The Code Enforcement Department was fielding many complaints from pedestrians stating that the sidewalks in the hamlet of Wassaic were very hazardous and that they needed to be salted and sanded.  This hazardous condition was forcing pedestrians to bypass the sidewalks and travel in the streets, and causing additional hazardous and potentially life threatening situations.
Lastly, the Code Enforcement Office is appointed by the entire town board.  That officer does not take orders from any individual elected official.  Code enforcement officers are appointed to enforce local and state regulations, so to safeguard the public safety, health and general welfare of the community.
John J. Fenton, Code, Enforcement Officer, Town of Amenia