Monroe County Legislature passes law to regulate grease trap safety

Updated: September 10, 2019 11:16 PM
Created: September 10, 2019 08:17 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) —The Monroe County Legislature unanimously passed a law that will regulate grease trap covers, nearly two months after a 3-year-old boy died after falling into one on University Avenue. 

The law passed on Tuesday is dubbed "Bryce's Law" in honor of Bryce Raynor, who fell into the Tim Hortons grease trap, which had been covered with only an unsecured plastic lid. Legislation was introduced shortly after the incident. 


Under the new law, grease traps and/or interceptors with manhole covers will have to be bolted down and weigh at least 59 pounds. They will also be subject to inspection by the Department of Public Health. 

"I'd like to just put my arms around Bryce's mom and say I wish that we could turn the clocks back and bring Bryce back, but the fact that she has been so giving of herself to help others understand what has happened, speaks volumes," County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said shortly before the vote took place.

A final public hearing on the law is scheduled for Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Monroe County Legislature Chambers. Dinolfo is expected to sign the law afterwards, which will go into effect by the end of September. 

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