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2012 Weston building permits: Generators dominate

Being left in the dark from power outages last year from Tropical Storm Irene and Alfred the nor’easter and this year by Superstorm Sandy prompted many Westonites to get generators installed permanently in their homes.

In fact, according to Rack Gleason, Weston’s building inspector, the majority of building permits issued in Weston since January 2012 were for the installation of generators.

“We issued 138 permits for generators this year, and there are 50 applications pending for them,” Mr. Gleason said.

The department issued 79 building permits for various home improvement projects, such as additions, gazebos, swimming pools, decks, and finished basements.

It also issued 34 other permits for home and kitchen renovation projects.

There was only one building permit issued for new building construction — for a house on Woods End Lane that was destroyed by a fire in March.

However, Mr. Gleason said there are a couple of pending Planning and Zoning applications for new homes on Martin Road and Ladder Hill Road that, if approved, would require building permits.

In the town’s annual report, which covers the time period of June 30, 2010, to July 1, 2011, there were nine building permits issued for new homes, and 123 permits issued for additions, alterations and renovations.

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