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Landlords address plan to change rental regulations

Landlords filled the chambers of the Silver Creek Municipal Building on Monday to speak out on a proposal that would change regulations for rental properties.

Anthony Capello, who owns a four-apartment dwelling on Main Street, said he felt the laws were discriminating against landlords. He said the same standards are not required for single-family, owner-occupied homes.

Mayor Kurt Lindstrom defended the proposal, stating that the village's Planning Board worked on it for about two years. Village Attorney Andrew Kehrer suggested the matter needed to be tabled until he had more time for a review. Kehrer said he saw a finalized version for the first time Monday.

Board members unanimously agreed to table the proposal, but not before several landlords had their say at a hearing. There were several questions about the severity of the proposal, including needs for windows in all rooms and outdoor fire escapes on apartments.

Village resident Joe Meck said the law did not address the issue that most properties in the village were more than 50 years old and were not built in compliance with the current regulations.

Maureen Morabito, a longtime Planning Board member, said the regulations were an attempt to address the safety of tenants.

Lindstrom said the board will continue its review. Copies of the proposed regulations are available in the village clerk's office.

In other news:

*Trustee William Harford said the summer youth recreation program will start next Monday. He said lifeguards are still needed for the swimming program.

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