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OFFICIAL DENIES ENFORCEMENT IN CLARENCE IS LAX

Charges that Clarence is lax in enforcing its plumbing ordinance have been rejected by a town building official, who called them "exaggerated misinformation."

Thomas O. Meyers, senior building inspector and code enforcement officer, took issue with comments made by Daniel Loudenslager, chairman of the Clarence Plumbing Board, at a Town Board meeting last month.

In a plea for the town to hire a plumbing inspector, Loudenslager, a plumber by trade, said that contractors routinely violate the plumbing ordinance.

Plumbing inspections are made by town building inspectors, who already have enough to do enforcing building codes, he said.

Meyers said the town Building Department also would like to see a plumbing inspector hired, but that Loudenslager's statements were "very misleading and . . . an insult to the dedication and hard work of employees."

Violations aren't "commonplace," Meyers said. "This is another exaggeration. There have been only two builders of late . . . that the Plumbing Board feels are abusing the regulations."

As an example of enforcement problems, Loudenslager last month told the Town Board that he installed plumbing connections backward in a new home and that the work passed inspection.

But Meyers recounted a different version of the "backwards plumbing" incident, which he said involved outside drainage lines, not inside plumbing.

Meyers said that when he arrived at the house lot for a scheduled inspection last July 21, he refused to inspect the outside drainage lines because an unlicensed subcontractor was on the job instead of Loudenslager, the licensed plumbing contractor.

"The (drainage lines) weren't even installed by (Loudenslager), the licensed contractor, as required by the town's plumbing ordinance," Meyers said in a written report to the Town Board last week.

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