Property owners to provide contact info to borough, maintain list of tenants

Last updated: September 04. 2013 11:18PM - 2282 Views
TOM HUNTINGTON Times Leader Correspondent

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SHICKSHINNY — Borough council enacted Tuesday an ordinance establishing a landlord registration system that requires property owners to maintain a record of rentals and tenants occupying their properties.

The ordinance stems from borough officials experiencing difficulty in identifying landlords, some of whom fail to abide by borough codes and, according to language authored by solicitor John Pike, promote the safety, welfare and health of borough residents.

In addition, council at the recommendation of Mayor Beverly Moore adopted a new set of rules regarding the operation of the public playground at Oak and North Canal streets.

Moore received approval for the park to be open only from dawn to dusk. Police will disperse people who violate the rules, she said. The decision stems, council was told, from incidents of vandalism and fights occurring at the park after dark.

Under the landlord ordinance, property owners will be required to provide to the borough their name, address and telephone number, number of occupants and the names of current tenants. As a prerequisite to entering into a rental agreement, the ordinance stipulates that a license must be obtained for each rental unit at a cost 0f $25 per unit.

In addition, information must be updated and presented to the codes enforcement officer within 10 days of any change in residents or residency.

Council also conducted an executive session at the conclusion of the regular meeting, during which time shouting could be heard behind closed doors. Council members, however, declined to discuss the nature and topic of the non-public meeting.

Soon after council went back into public session, Councilman Micheal Steeber made a motion to accept a Municipal Drug Task Force agreement that had been submitted by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

The agreement provides for the coordination of narcotics investigations, enforcement and prosecution of those people engaged in illegal drug activities as well as for reimbursement by the Attorney General’s Office for police activities approved in advance by state officials.

Other agenda items approved by council included:

• The acceptance of a donation from JHA Engineering of Tunkhannock for the purchase of a community bulletin board.

• The adoption of a brake retarder ordinance; warning signs will be posted at the east and west entrances into the community.

• The creation of a parking permit program for Bartoli Avenue, West Vine Street and North Susquehanna Avenue.

• The approval of Reilly & Associates of Wilkes-Barre and Ashburn Advisors of Wilkes-Barre to provide engineering and administrative expertise for a proposed $1.7 million block grant program.

• The hiring of Jim Shepherd in the street department and Jane Wido as cleaning person for the borough building.

• The tabling of the payment of invoices for ammunition by the police department after Steeber asked for more information on the type and caliber of ammunition.

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