Westchester Village Board notes
Updated: February 19, 2013 1:00PM
WESTCHESTER — In other business at their meeting Tuesday, Westchester village trustees:
• carried out a discussion about tightening residential code compliance. The discussion was triggered by a property owner who had listed his property as a three-flat rather than a two-flat in a real estate listing. To set a precedent and ensure that all property owners conform to land requirements, trustees discussed policy on how to enforce multi-unit dwellings.
• heard Trustee Brian Sloan explain that before the board becomes directly involved in code enforcement, the matter should be taken up by the Zoning Board of Appeals, at which time trustees would act upon a ZBA recommendation. Village President Sam Pulia said setting a precedent with code enforcement was primarily due to ensure safety.
• heard from Public Works Director Dave Stoiser about tactics to control water main breaks in the village. Stoiser said investing in energy-efficient “soft start” pumping stations has already paid dividends for the village. Westchester has four pumping stations, with one consisting of the soft start technology, which was instrumental in reducing water main breaks in 2012. Trustees discussed the cost-benefit of upgrading the remaining three pumping stations to the same next-generation technology.
• listened to Pulia’s plan to make Westchester a more family-oriented destination spot by sponsoring a greater number of social events. The objective would be to “benefit residents and their guests by bundling family-style community events.” The most recent one to be scheduled is a Cinco de Mayo celebration set for 3-8 p.m. May 4 at Gladstone Park.