Port Chester’s Building Department is temporarily working out of the village clerk’s office while police continue an investigation relating to property records.
Police have said very little about the investigation or the decision to close off the building department’s office in Village Hall, 222 Grace Church St., on Thursday night. The office is normally used by the building inspector, two full-time staff members, the village planner and the executive director of the Industrial Development Agency.
All remain working today, Village Manager Christopher Russo told me.
Russo said the goal is for the building department to open for business at the counter of the clerk’s office by Monday. In the meantime the phone line for the building department is being routed to the clerk’s office. “People can call in,” Russo said. “Hopefully we will have access to enough records to function by Monday. That is up to the police.”
The building department issues permits for construction and renovation projects. It is separate from the recently created department of code enforcement, which handles inspections relating to code compliance.