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Village collected $43,506 in building permit fees in 2011

Home improvement projects were behind much of the $43,506 in building permit fees collected by the Village of Kenmore in 2011.

Interior projects such as kitchens and baths. And roofing. "A lot of roofing permits," Building Inspector Michael D. Berns said Tuesday night, after presenting his department's annual report to the Village Board.

Overall, $83,416 in permit fees were collected last year. Included in that total was $16,665 in electrical fees and $23,245 in plumbing.

Though the number of building permits issued and fees collected were up from 2010, the two other categories were down -- both in the number of permits and the fee revenue.

There were 221 electrical permits issued in 2011, and $16,665 in fees; the 2010 totals were 331 and $16,956, respectively.

Likewise, the 277 plumbing permits and the $23,245 in fees in 2011 were down from 478 and $35,127 the year before.

The Building Department received 976 complaints last year and 399 violations were cited -- mostly related to property maintenance issues, according to Berns.

Noticeably absent from the annual report was the mention of rodent complaints. With the elimination of the Erie County Health Department's vector control program under the previous administration, public input fell off as well, the building inspector said.

"They call to question what the process is," Berns said. "They don't officially file the complaints."

Late last year, the Erie County Legislature approved a budget in which $369,848 was restored to the county's public health lab, which handles rodent control.