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Village of Solvay Mayor talks code enforcement in light of Watertown tragedy

Village of Solvay Mayor talks code enforcement in light of Watertown tragedy

The Village of Solvay is 71 miles from the tragedy in Watertown.

But the news of what happened here is resonating with with Solvay Mayor Derek Baichi.

"It's scary. You know, you have to keep people safe, especially when there's people living in a high-concentrated area," said Baichi.

Nearly 40% of people in Solvay live in a rental property.

The mayor says code enforcement is a huge priority.

"The Village has a very good open door policy with not only tenants, but landlords, as well as single family residents," said Baichi.

The Solvay Codes Department has two inspectors.

"We have not one, but sometimes two inspections because when you change occupancy we contact both the landlord and the tenant," explained Baichi, "we have to go in there and look at it, that's our number one goal."

"Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide, egress, windows that properly open, the hallways are clear to vacate if there's an emergency. We also have our electric company so when you turn on the electricity there's another inspection," continued Baichi.

He says tenants and their landlords should speak up if they think something isn't right.

"It all ties into public safety. At the end of the day, we want everyone to be safe and we want their families to be safe," said Baichi.

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