CHESHIRE -- The town is appealing a $2,800 fine issued by the state for an overdue elevator inspection.
Town Administrator Mark Webber will be in Boston today to dispute the fine with the state Department of Public Safety.
The state charged the town the fine because it had not met a deadline to inspect the elevator at Town Hall, which, Webber noted at Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting, is infrequently used.
The state charges $100 for every day past due. The town was 28 days late.
Webber said the town already had plans to renew the inspection by the time they were fined.
Selectman Paul Astorino said a certificate of inspection currently inside the elevator actually has an expiration date prior to its issue date, so the town was unaware when it had to be renewed. The town only knew its inspection was due because the elevator company sent them a notice. Once plans to inspect the elevator were in place, the town sent in a $100 inspection fee to the state -- essentially tipping the state off that the town was 28 days late.
Webber said that there is a "new attitude" at the Department of Public Safety.
"I don't know if everybody isn't under the gun today," Webber said.
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