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NT: Lawmakers to consider new inspection fees

NORTH TONAWANDA -- City lawmakers will discuss a proposal tonight to charge inspection fees to property owners who have cases in housing court.

A proposal from the city's Property Maintenance Task Force, which calls for a mandatory $500 charge starting with the third inspection for an individual case, is one of several item's on tap for discussion.

Under the proposal, the city Building Inspector's Office would have the discretion of levying a charge of up to $250 for each of the first two inspections of a property in housing court.

The proposed change to the city code is aimed at providing an incentive for landlords to complete required improvements and thereby reducing the backlog in the city's housing court, said task force Chairman David J. Conti.

The building department charges fees for permits for new builds and additions, but has never charged for this area of inspections, Conti said.

The meeting, which is open to the public, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a public hearing on the proposed rezoning of Mazda Terrace.

Here's a link to tonight's full workshop agenda.

Tonight's Council workshop in City Hall is open to the public.

--Aaron Besecker

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