UPDATE from the TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD

Apr 09, 2019

CASE NO.                                                                      RESOLUTION NO.
Adopted:
offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION WAIVING ALL BUILDING DEPARTMENT FEES
ASSOCIATED WITH REQUESTS FOR PRELIMINARY DAMAGE
ASSESSMENTS, SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE LETTERS AND/OR
RELATED DOCUMENTS FOR ANY PROPERTY OR DWELLING
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED BY THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE
SANDY.

WHEREAS, many Town of Hempstead (the “Town”) residents who were
impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 are still dealing with lingering recovery issues; and
WHEREAS, the Town has heretofore authorized a waiver of Building
Department and Board of Appeals application and permit fees in relation to applications for repair or replacement of dwellings that were damaged or destroyed by the effects of Hurricane Sandy; and
WHEREAS, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, in order to comply with
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rules, the Building Department issued
Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) for properties that were damaged as a result of the storm; and
WHEREAS, the Preliminary Damage Assessments, and Substantial Damage
Assessments (to the extent such assessment has been issued), are on file in the Building Department; and
WHEREAS, until recently, many residents were unaware of the existence of
the Preliminary Damage Assessments and/or Substantial Damage Assessments which may pertain to their property; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 86-11 of the Code of the Town of Hempstead
(the “Town Code”), the Building Department is authorized to charge certain fees prior to
releasing documents from Building Department files (the “Fees”); and
WHEREAS, it is in the public interest for the Town to waive any Fees associated
with accessing Preliminary Damage Assessments, Substantial Damage Assessment letters and/or related documents for any property or dwelling damaged or destroyed by the effects of Hurricane Sandy; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board wishes to waive the Fees.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED that the Town Board hereby authorizes a waiver of the Fees
associated with residents, occupants or property owners accessing Preliminary Damage
Assessments, Substantial Damage Assessment letters and/or related documents, from their Building Department file, if such property or dwelling was damaged or destroyed by the effects of Hurricane Sandy; and be it further
RESOLVED that the Commissioner of the Building Department is authorized
and directed to take such action as may be necessary to effectuate the foregoing.
The foregoing resolution was adopted upon roll call as follows:

AYES:

NOES:


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