Mayor Douglas Essek has created a particular committee to contemplate a licensing course of for Fredonia companies.
Introduced at Monday’s Board of Trustees workshop, the transfer was met with skepticism by all 4 trustees, although two of them did agree to simply accept Essek’s nominations for the panel. Trustees Scott Johnston and James Lynden will be part of Charles LaBarbera, the village’s prime code enforcement officer, and Village Lawyer Charles Roberts on the committee.
“The objective is to kind a village enterprise licensing coverage and get that on ASAP. If that committee might begin assembly ASAP, that might even be nice,” Essek stated.
Requested to elaborate by Lynden and Trustee Roger Britz, the mayor stated, “it will require new and present village companies to acquire a enterprise license from the village as they do from the county and the state once they change into a enterprise.”
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“Why would we create one other stage of licensing?” requested Trustee EvaDawnBashaw. “These of us who’ve companies have DBAs (Doing Enterprise As declaration types) which might be registered with the county. Simply use these.”
“I’ve skilled licenses, I’ve inspections, I’ve all of the permits … there’s a number of issues relying on the kind of companies,” stated Lynden, who owns a hair salon in Fredonia. “I feel this is only one extra extra factor that would drive companies out.”
Roberts stated the committee might assist be certain the companies do have their required licenses and permits. “Isn’t that what our code enforcement does?” stated Lynden.
LaBarbera stated a licensing course of would let village officers know forward of time if a enterprise adjustments possession. “The license would come from the village board, not from code enforcement,” he added.
“It’s not up for debate proper now,” Essek stated. “I need to assign a committee. Trustee Lynden, if you want to not be on it, you’ll be able to let me know and I’ll assign another person, however I need this committee to evaluate the choices on that and to return again to the village board and myself with some suggestions right here. I’d prefer to have that throughout the month.”
“It appears like an unlimited quantity of labor and I don’t know what the upside is,” stated Johnston. “What are we attempting to realize?”
“We’re attempting to realize compliance with companies which may not be in compliance proper now, that code enforcement may not have something to do with,” Essek replied. “It’s not placing any extra extra issues on, it’s ensuring that the whole lot that’s presupposed to be adopted proper now, guidelines, laws and pointers from any authorities company, are adopted.”
The mayor asserted that LaBarbera would proceed to implement such guidelines. “I’m not asking anyone to be strolling round and affecting companies,” he stated.
Lynden instructed the village Planning Board needs to be specializing in enterprise points. He stated he was unsure how a licensing course of would give officers any extra info than what they’ve now.
“You possibly can meet as soon as, you’ll be able to meet 10 instances, you’ll be able to meet as soon as and resolve that is one thing you don’t need to do for the village,” Essek stated, asking Lynden once more if he needed to be on the committee. Lynden stated he would, as did Johnston.
Johnston then requested, “Does this additionally embody meals vans?” Essek replied, “That might be one thing I would love the committee to return again to, if that’s one thing that is sensible. At this level, it’s very open ended. It might be brick and mortar companies, it might be meals vans.
“I want the committee to look into that to see if (the licensing) will work for the village. I don’t know. That’s why I want this committee to work right here actual briefly, actual shortly, to see if that’s one thing the village ought to look into.”