Town Takes Amish Couple To Court For Building Code Violations
The town of Oswegatchie is taking an Amish couple to state Supreme Court to force it to comply with the town's building code.
Samuel and Deliah Miller allegedly failed to file engineer-stamped plans for their home on the Bishop Road. The town says the couple believes the Amish are exempt because of their religious beliefs.
Town officials say no one should live in the house until the couple complies with the building code.
"Our code enforcement officer is very people-oriented," said town attorney Charlie Nash. "He tried to work with everyone, he was told 'yes, we'll follow the law,' then, apparently, it didn't happen."
"So," he said, "I guess we're now in court."
The town wants the Millers to pay $350 in fines from February 7 until the required permits are received.
The Millers were not available for comment.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Watertown, NY
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