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City halts nonessential construction; Permits suspended

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The city of Cortland Code Enforcement Office has issued “Stop Work” orders for all non-emergency construction projects and nonessential manufacturing in the city, while suspending all operating permits for public assemblies until further notice.

Interim Code Enforcement Director and Fire Captain Michael Tenkate announced those measures yesterday, which come pursuant to the latest executive orders by Governor Cuomo addressing COVID-19. (202.2, 202.3, 202.5, 202.10 and 202.11)

“I understand this is a difficult time for everyone,” Tenkate said. “We will get through this by working together. Our staff is working during this crisis but are working modified hours and from alternate sites. There may be times when the office is not staffed. Please leave a message and we will return the call. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions.”

All permits and applications will be granted an extension by the amount of time the state keeps those provisions in place.

Exceptions to the Stop Work order are as follows:

  • Emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut down the site)
  • Essential construction may continue and includes: transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters.
  • For purposes of this policy construction work does not include a single
    worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

Executive Order 202.11 gives city code enforcers the authority and responsibility to issue appearance tickets for violations to these protocols, which take effect immediately.

Tenkates says the Code Enforcement Office takes this responsibility seriously and will take action as needed to gain immediate compliance and seek enforcement action against violators.

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