The Village of Kings Point Board of Trustees meeting Thursday heard updates from the Building Department on software that would enable residents to substitute online communication for its paperwork procedures.
The board also approved several bills, including the establishment of a park board and the position of village administrator. Gomie Persaud, whose previous title was the village’s clerk-treasurer, was appointed to the role of administrator.
Chris Aiossa, superintendent of the village’s Building Department, explained that the department will be adding a module to their existing Municity digital software, which would “expand the capability of our current Building Department software to allow for electronic submission of applications.”
Aiossa said the software would let residents “create an account, submit documents, fill out applications, make payments using credit cards — do everything online and do away with paper submittals.”
“The cost of implementation is $4,000, but we can talk it down,” said Trustee Shahriar Victory. “It’s worth it. It makes everything more efficient.”
Aiossa added: “The other important thing to take into consideration is the archiving of documents because people can submit to the Building Department so we can review what we submit. But the village doesn’t currently have infrastructure in place for the public to view these documents. Right now all of that is done with physical paper.”
She and Trustee Ira S. Nesenoff also noted the possibility of creating a kiosk station for those who want to view documents digitally.
Speaking on a resolution regarding 30 Carriage Road, Mayor Kouros Torkan clarified parts of a local law related to building permits.
“When we issue permits, we have a law that we cannot come back after they get a permit to build something” and ask for changes, Torkan said. “A lot of times, architects will make extensive changes,” he said, and a law was passed a few months ago that they would have to come before the Board of Trustees first.
Torkan said, “We’re just giving them permission to go to the Planning Board.”
Among other reports, $125,856 of the Building Department deposits in June went to the general fund, while $76,000 went to the trust account. The total fines and surcharges collected by the village court in June amounted to $24,971.
A bill to amend the provisions for “maintenance of landscaping after an abandonment of a project and for the revocation of building permits when work is not being diligently prosecuted” was also supported by all board members.
Resolutions unanimously approved by the board included consideration of re-adopting the village’s investment and procurement policies and ratifying the mayor’s approval to have Papiro Landscaping Inc. clean up the property at 3 Kings Point Road. Also approved was the consideration of authorization of payments in advance of audit of claims for public utility services, postage, freight and express charges for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.
The Board of Trustees’ next meeting will be a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. at 32 Steppingstone Lane.