The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

August 16, 2013

Citizens offer complaints to Albion Village Board

By HOWARD BALABAN howard.balaban@journal-register.com
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION - A pair of Albion residents aired some grievances before the Albion Village Board on Wednesday night.

The first to speak was Ray Cook, who asked the board to allow him to work on his property. Cook alleged that Village Code Enforcement Officer Ron Vendetti “has been trying to intimidate me” into not fixing the home on his property.

Cook said he has worked in home repair all his life and he wants to bring the structure on his property added value by fixing it up. He said he could get its worth up to around $90,000 if he were allowed to work on it. However, he said Vendetti had a stop-work order issued for Cook because, Cook said, the home did not have a certified engineering or architect report. According to Cook, he was told the home only needed to be inspected, and he had that done.

Vendetti said the issue is building-code related, and that he requires the same reports for all other homes with similar issues. He also responded to Cook’s assertion that he was interested in acquiring the property for himself.

“I have no interest in his property, and I’d be glad to have him fix it up,” Vendetti said. 

The village board heard both sides of the issue and told Cook they would get back to him regarding the status of the stop-work order. 

The other resident was Deborah Monier, who talked to the board about village drainage issues. She previously spoke to the board about the same issue in the aftermath of this past May’s severe rain. At that time, she was told the water issue her home was experiencing was due to the storms that went through the area and their frequency, which was said to be every 50 or 100 years.

However, Monier said hard rains within the past week also led to water coming up over the road near her house and St. Mary’s Church. She said the problem started when the drainage system was put in across the street from her house, but the board noted that the system has been in place for quite some time.

Still, Monier said, the system did not appear to be working properly. She sad, “It seems like if there was some place for the water to collect this wouldn’t be as big of an issue.” Maintaining a clean culvert would help the issue, too, she added.

Like they did during her visit in May, the board asked Monier to alert them somehow of when the problem is actually able to be witnessed. It was suggested that she call the Albion Police Department for any water issue in the middle of the night, because it could lead to a dangerous road condition. The board explained how the police could then contact the village’s public works department to handle the water and sandbag the road if necessary.

In other news, board members approved the Clarendon Street bridge report provided to them by the agency that will do the project on the bridge. Any work needing to be done in the vicinity of the bridge work should be done beforehand so that the new construction is not disturbed. The board will determine if there is work, and if so, when it should be completed at an upcoming meeting.

Also on Wednesday, it was announced that the village did not get enough ideas to move ahead with its pursuit of a community development block grant. Another attempt will be made next year.