Hartford codifies laws

I f you ever had questions about Town of Hartford laws, it just became a lot easier to find the answer.
The town board approved a resolution last week to codify all of the town’s laws online. Every law, from those pertaining to building code to Bingo and games of chance can be viewed on General Code’s website (generalcode.com).
“It lists alphabetically all the local laws and ordinances,” Hartford Supervisor Dana Haff said.
Users can search by category or by keyword.
“I think it’s very convenient for people,” Haff said.
In the past if residents had questions about a law they would have to visit the town office and the clerk would have to find a copy of the law and make copies. In some situations the law were scattered about the building, Haff said.
In order to make it easier for both residents and town officials, the board decided to codify the laws.
“Part of the process included pulling out the law and comparing them to see if there was any conflicting language,” Haff said.
Some of the laws needed to be cleaned up to account for changes that had been made. For instance, there were many laws which referred to a Harford Code Enforcement Officer, which ceased to exist after Washington County took over code enforcement.
“Some the laws were 30 years out of date,” Haff said.
Officials passed a blanket resolution that permitted them to change any conflicting or outdated information and terminology in the laws.

In other matters the town threw its support behind the Champlain Canalway Trail.
The trail would cover a 70-mile stretch along the Champlain Canal starting in Waterford and ending in Whitehall.
As part of the process, the Canal Corporation, which oversees and manages the New York state’s canal system, is seeking the support of the communities through which the canal flows. A very small section of the Champlain Canal passes through Hartford and the town passed a resolution in support of the project.

The town also passed a resolution advocating that Time Warner include Mountain Lake PBS as part of its television package.
Haff said the state, which is broadcast out of Plattsburgh, covers most of the Adirondack and includes some local programming. He said some of the 21st Congressional District debates between candidates Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny were broadcast on the channel.

The town also approved the purchase of a solar-powered light that will be installed at the base of the flag pole at the town office and will illuminate the flag pole at night.
By law, the American Flag must either be brought in at night or illuminated.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 12.

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