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Mayor Sarno Releases City’s Inspectional Services Notice on Church Sanctuary Use

Friday, June 23, 2017

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno today released a notice from Building Commissioner Steve Desilets to Rev. Tom Gerstenlauer of South Congregational Church that the facility is not properly zoned for this use or purpose. Of note, major building code reconstruction would have to be done and also a special permit would have to be granted by the City Council. Also stated in the notice is that there are serious health and public safety concerns involved in the operation of any type of congregate living arrangement in a building that was not built for this use. Mayor Sarno again remains steadfast against any type of sanctuary city status.

Please see the attached letter sent by Building Commissioner Steve Desilets to Rev. Tom Gerstenlauer for more specifics.


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