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Village of Kenmore
2919 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14217
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Phone
(716) 873-5700
Fax
(716) 873-0004

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Village property owners pay a quarterly water bill, which includes metered billing for water consumption and sewer charges.

 

Water bills are payable to the “VILLAGE OF KENMORE” and can be paid either by mail or in person at the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office during regular office hours (M-F, 8 AM - 4:00PM).

Please note that penalties will be assessed for any payments received after the due date that appears on your bill. 

Bills from the previous calendar year, unpaid as of March 1st, will be assessed against your property taxes. If payment is received after the re-levy, it will be applied as a credit on your account.

 

ALL RESIDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ROUTINELY CHECK THE READING ON THEIR OUTSIDE METER AGAINST THE READING ON THEIR INSIDE METER AND TO IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE WATER DEPARTMENT IF THESE NUMBERS DIFFER.

 

Most residential properties have both an inside and outside meter.  Because the outside meter is exposed to the elements, this meter may slow down over time.  Since this meter is the one checked by our water meter reader each quarter, it may not be accurately reflecting your usage.  Since you are still responsible for the total usage, and to avoid a very large water bill, it's best to advise us as soon as possible as to any difference between the outside and inside meter read. 

 

If the meter reader notes that there has been a significant difference in your outside meter read (or if there are other indications that your meter is malfunctioning), a door tag will be left requesting you to contact the Water Department to schedule an inside read.  Please contact 873-5700 as soon as possible if you receive a door hanger.

 

Please note that failure to set up a water account, or to not allow interior access to your property for purposes of checking/repairing/replacing the interior meter may result in the shut-off of your water service.

 

The Village is in the process of installing remote readers to all interior water meters.  This will allow us to have real-time reads of your water consumption and will significantly reduce the number of times we will need interior access to your property.

 

The following rates are in effect for bills issued beginning June 1, 2016

Current Rates

 

Water

$30/quarter      Minimal charge (first 8000 gallons) PLUS

$5.00/1000 gallons above the minimal charge.

There is also a water surcharge of $11/quarter.

Sewer

$2.90/1000 gallons

There is a sewer surcharge of $24/quarter.

 

In addition, your bill will include "DEC/Capital" surcharge which totals $30/quarter.  For more information on this charge, please see the "What's New" section.

 

The Budget for the Water and Sewer funds are independent of the General Fund.  Revenues for the Water and Sewer Fund come only from water and sewer bills.  Your tax dollars are NOT used to pay for expenses attributed to the Water and Sewer funds.

 

Water Meters

 

Water meters are read once per quarter.

Any new owner will need to purchase a meter and fill out an application.  Tenants cannot set up water accounts.  We can accept applications from persons, other than the owners, only upon receipt of a Power of Attorney signed by the owner designating a representative, or in the case of the Estate, the Administrator or Executor.

New meters can be purchased through the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office.  The cost for a meter is as follows:

1/2” to 5/8”     $65.00             Equipment Charge*

                        $10.00             Service Charge

                        $75.00             TOTAL

3/4"                  $85.00             Equipment Charge

                        $10.00             Service Charge

                        $95.00             TOTAL

1"                     125.00             Equipment Charge

                        $10.00             Service Charge

                        $135.00           TOTAL

*Most residential customers will purchase this size.

 

Moving??

 

If you are moving OUT of Kenmore, you will need to contact the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office to arrange for a final meter reading and to close out your account.  We will need access to your property to read the interior meter for the final read.

If you are moving IN to Kenmore, you will need to open your account  at the Clerk/Treasurer's office.  Please note, that under Village Code, only the owner (or legal representative - Power of Attorney, Executor, or Administrator) can set up the water account.  We are not allowed to open an account through a tenant or in the tenant's name.

 

When am I billed?

 

The Village is divided into 3 billing units.  Each Unit is billed quarterly for their water based on their meter readings.

ALL WATER BILLS ARE DUE 60 DAYS FROM THE 1st DAY OF EACH BILLING MONTH.

Water bills, by law, are sent to the Property Owner, not the Tenant.  Unpaid water charges may become a lien on the property.

 

UNIT I (red bill) – Bills go out in March, June, September and December.

UNIT II (blue bill) – Bills go out in January, April, July and October

UNIT III (green bill) – Bills go out in February, May, August and November.

 

Problems indicated by your meter

 

Most residents have both an outside and inside meter.  The Village reads your outside meter once a quarter. Sometimes, the reading may indicate that there is a problem with your service (a leak, faulty meter, etc) or a problem with your meter.

When this occurs the Village will leave a tag requesting you to call to schedule an appointment to read your inside meter.  It is very important that you call the Village right away so that we can identify the problem as soon as possible.  Failure to provide inside access to your meter may result in the termination of your water service.

 

Common reasons for higher water consumption can include: problems with your toilet, leaky faucets, watering your lawn or garden, filling a pool. 

 

We strongly recommend routinely checking your water meters (inside and outside) to ensure that your meter reads are accurate and that you are being charged for correct consumption.  Simply check the outside meter against the inside meter read and contact the Water Department as soon as possible to arrange for an inspection of your equipment if these meter readings do not match.

 

Location & Mailing Address

 

Clerk/Treasurer’s Office – Room 17

2919 Delaware Avenue

Kenmore, New York  14217

 

Office Hours:  8 AM - 4 PM M-F

 

Phone and Facsimile

 

Telephone:       (716) 873-5700

Facsimile:        (716) 873-0004

 

ADDITIONS & NEW BUILDINGS. To secure a building permit, the applicant must submit plans, stamped/certified by a licensed professional engineer or architect, and three (3) copies of a property survey. Electrical and plumbing permits may be required as well. Commercial additions and new buildings require prior site plan approval.

 

DRIVEWAYS. A permit is required for a driveway. A copy of a survey is required.  All driveways must be properly pitched so as not to drain onto the adjacent property.

 

FENCES. You must obtain a fence permit in all instances, whether it be a new installation or a replacement installation. In order to complete the permit, you will need to provide information pertaining to the location, height and material of the fence. Three (3) copies of your survey print must accompany the permit application. Please note that fences located between houses cannot be located closer than 3 feet from the neighboring house.

 

FIRE PITS.  Under NYS law, there are restrictions on the use of open burning and recreational fires.  Under the Code, no recreational fire can be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.  In addition, there is a prohibition for any open burning "that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions...".  Please be aware of these restrictions if you have a fire pit.

 

GARAGES. A building permit is required, as well as Three (3) copies of the property survey, indicating the size and location of the garage. Detached garages must be located no closer than 3 feet from the side and rear property lines or closer than 6 feet from any other building on the lot. Detached garages cannot exceed 660 square feet or an average height of 12 feet.

 

RATS.  If you see a rat, please call the building department as soon as possible.  While the Village cannot bait your property, we will contact the County Animal Control Division and check for possible sources. You can help your neighborhood stay rat-free by following some simple steps (click here).

 

ROOFS. All re-roofing requires a permit. No more than two (2) layers of roofing can be installed on any roof.

 

SHEDS. Permits are required for all sheds and utility buildings, as well as a survey indicating the location and size of the shed. Please note that sheds must be located in the rear yard and cannot be closer than 5 feet from any other building or structure on the lot (house, garage, etc.) In addition, must be located within 1 ½ feet from the side and rear property lines.

 

SMOKE DETECTORS & CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS. These detectors must be installed whenever a permit is issued for interior work to a structure. Smoke detectors are required on each floor level, each bedroom and in the common hallway to the bedrooms. Carbon Monoxide detectors are required on any level where there is a sleeping area.

 

SWIMMING POOLS. Both a building permit and electrical permit are required for the installation of both above- and in-ground pools, as well as for spas and hot tubs. Please note that before any action can be taken by the Building Department, the owner must have the pool location staked and contact National Grid (1-800-642-4272)  and request a Planner Review for Pool Clearance. National Grid will issue a letter of approval, which must be delivered to Building Department along with the permit.

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS. Whenever a Building permit application is denied by the Building Inspector due to restrictions found in the Kenmore Municipal Code Zoning section, the applicant may appeal this determination and apply for hearing before the Kenmore ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS. The application fee that accompanies the request for a hearing is $50.00 for residential properties and $100.00 for commercial properties

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1/2018 - Please note that the Village map is currently being revised to reflect recent changes.  Contact the Building Department for more information.

 

Contact: Juvenile Aid Bureau (716)875-1414
  Detective Doug Rich  



The KENMORE JUVENILE AID BUREAU was formed within the Kenmore Police Department to handle incoming youth related complaints and reports. Juvenile Aid not only responds to initial complaints, incidents and referrals concerning juveniles, it also provides follow up services including parent/juvenile conferences. In addition, the Juvenile Bureau has set up programs on stress awareness and crime prevention.

The target population for the Juvenile Aid Bureau includes youths who have been in trouble or in need of assistance from the Kenmore Police Department. Residents or Police Officers report over 400 youth-related incidents annually. Prevention programs reach 3,000 to 3,500 youths each year, between the ages of 5 and 19.

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