CLAVERACK – The Town of Claverack continues to consolidate and streamline town operations under the leadership of Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt. The latest example being in the town’s building department.
In the past, Claverack – like many other towns, has maintained separate Building Inspector and town Code Enforcement Officer positions. This year however, recognizing the opportunity to improve efficiency and bring down costs, Claverack has consolidated those two positions into one single position. The consolidation will save approximately 30 hours per week in salary costs.
After an exhaustive search and interview process, James “Jay” Trapp, an engineer and New York State certified building inspector from Red Hook, was appointed to the new position. Trapp serves in similar roles for the towns of Livingston and Germantown and is well known for his vast experience in New York State building code compliance.
“We were looking for an experienced person who would not only apply the law firmly and fairly, but also have the people-skills to work with residents and businesses to make their experience as positive as possible,” said Deputy Town Supervisor Stephen Hook, who serves as liaison to the building department. “Jay Trapp fits that mold perfectly,” Hook added.
In addition to his duties as town Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer, Trapp will also provide annual training to town Planning Board and Zoning Board members. This training, required by the state, helps ensure board members are well versed in applicable law and procedure and properly trained to serve the planning needs of town residents.
Those wishing to reach the Town of Claverack Building Department may do so by calling 518-672-7911 Ext. 108, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.