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Deferiet property maintenance law to be tweaked by Planning Board

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DEFERIET — Following a public hearing Wednesday night on a proposed property maintenance law, the village Board of Trustees decided to send the measure back to the Planning Board for revamping.

Resident Sara J. Titus raised concerns during the hearing about snow removal and the requirement of putting garbage in trash cans for pickup by the village.

Mrs. Titus said many of the sidewalks were not used and thus should not be required to be shoveled, and it was difficult for many in the village to accomplish this task. Similarly, she did not see the necessity for using a trash can if she had only a single bag of garbage.

“With the wind blowing the cans and lids around all day, it’s like playing frog-hop driving down the street,” she said.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Shane M. Intorcia said he did not care if the bags were in a container but was concerned about animals getting into bags and strewing the trash around.

Mrs. Titus also objected to the clause requiring areas “where the potential for rodent or vermin infestation exists, windows and other openings in basements and cellars,” to be screened off “with wire mesh or other suitable materials.”

The law, which can be seen in its entirety on the village website, www.villageofdeferiet.com, would regulate conditions on improved and vacant lots to maintain a sanitary and hazard-free environment.

The law covers keeping walkways and driveways in good repair and clear of snow and ice. It also states precautions should be taken to prevent the development of stagnant ponds.

Yards and vacant lots are required to be “kept clean and free of physical hazards, rodent harborage and infestation.” The law will regulate lawn mowing to keep the grass height less than 12 inches.

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