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Board delays new rules for rental properties

The Silver Creek Village Board has agreed to withhold a decision on newly proposed rental property rules for six months.

Mayor Kurt Lindstrom announced Monday that the board will not rush into a new set of laws that would govern rental properties.

The board heard from several landlords at a public hearing earlier this month. Some landlords complained it discriminates against landlords. The proposal is being sent back to the Planning Board, which said the changes try to address tenant safety. The Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. today in the municipal building.

In other news:

*After an executive session on a personnel matter, the mayor withdrew an agenda item that would have allowed $4,000 for employee debit cards to pay for medical expenses. The matter is believed to be part of the union negotiations with village employees.

*Street Department personnel and police officers are preparing for the 11th annual 8-kilometer Laurel Run on Saturday. Named for Laurel Hotelling, a woman from Silver Creek who has Down syndrome, the events have grown over the years from a relay race to a sanctioned race for serious runners. The run promotes awareness of people with disabilities and supports educational efforts.

*The village has asked the state to consider installation of crosswalks on Route 20 near the post office and at Robinson and Burgess Streets. No reply from state officials has been received. Police Chief Louis Pelletter said the state has to approve the crosswalk markings and installation on state roadways.

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