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my clients get frus­trated with the process.”

Hurl­butt said he does not be­lieve the town is mi­cro­manag­ing the code; it’s more an en­force­ment of the code.

“I think we are fairly le­nient in how we do the en­force­ment ac­tion,” Hurl­butt said. “I think ask­ing ap­pli­cants to come back and go through the re­quired process or get the re­quired per­mits is seen as be­ing overly re­stric­tive and es­sen­tially we are not go­ing af­ter them and fin­ing them, which our code gives us the right to do for ev­ery­day [is­sues when] they have some­thing that is in vi­o­la­tion. But we typ­i­cally don’t do that. We typ­i­cally give them al­lowance to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion. We are just re­ally look­ing for com­pli­ance of the code.”

Hurl­butt said the Town of La Plata tries to en­force the code equally and con­sis­tently across the board.

“We treated Mr. Gres­sis as we would treat any­one who is in vi­o­la­tion of the code,” Hurl­butt said. “The con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als left to the side that he was speak­ing about is con­sid­ered to be con­struc­tion de­bris and the project is not com­plete. He has not com­pleted his bar and he still hasn’t com­pleted the DRB process, so we do not typ­i­cally ap­ply prop­erty main­te­nance code to an ac­tive con­struc­tion site. For him to say that we’re not en­forc­ing, that is disin­gen­u­ous. En­force­ment of prop­erty main­te­nance code is done by vis­ual in­spec­tion and the in­spec­tor knows he is do­ing con­struc­tion.”

Both the town and Gres­sis ex­pressed in­ter­est in mak­ing the process eas­ier for busi­nesses in La Plata. Cur­rently the town’s sign com­mit­tee, in­clud­ing town and busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives, are work­ing to­ward adopt­ing a re­vised sign code that could change how dif­fi­cult the sig­nage process is the Town of La Plata.

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