Cortlandville to spend thousands to update general code

(Photo via Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

The Cortlandville town board voted unanimously Wednesday to spend close to $11,000 on consulting recodification services that will update the town’s general code for the first time in 25 years.

The town will contract with Rochester-based municipal code company General Code, LLC to start from scratch, according to town supervisor Tom Williams. 

“The general code needs to be redone,” Williams said. “We need to start from the beginning, put all new stuff in and take all the old stuff out and make sure the semantics work and that it is all properly done.”

Part of the additions to the general code include annexing local laws passed by the town board into the town’s governing document. General Code, LLC’s website states that periodic code updates are essential to clean up obsolete or outdated references. Updates can also help identify and fix conflicts and inconsistencies in town law. 

“From changes that happen on a main street to administrative transitions after elections, from shifting housing and transportation trends to land and property development, there’s always something that needs attention,” the site states.

Town attorney John DelVecchio noted he has met with officials from the company, adding he was impressed with company representatives.

“Not only are they going to sort of bring things up to date but they also think the updates will help us with looking at some of the provisions that I think should be looked at to help us with some issues that I think are more relevant,” DelVecchio said.