Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

More input needed on ticketing ordinance

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Inspection details, cost are still sticking points for Catty council members

A proposal rumbling around in the planning and zoning committee was discussed at Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session April 30. The ordinance would institute a program that allows designated borough officials to issue tickets for minor property violations.

The proposal has received a lukewarm reception. Christine Weaver, committee chair, wants to add a few items, one of which is a warning.

As Weaver discussed the goals before the meeting, she said the idea is to get problem areas cleaned up and not incur legal bills. Ticketing provides another option for property owners alerted to deficiencies.

Weaver’s committee is looking at the existing rental licensing requirements and indicated that the committee is exploring adding mandatory annual inspections. The discussion on the details indicated there is still more thought that needs to go into an inspection program. Weaver did solicit comments from council but is also seeking comments from the general public and landlords.

There is a concern regarding the cost of the inspection. Councilwoman Debra Mellish suggested a more detailed inspection at a significantly higher cost. The borough has an apartment inspection program where apartments are inspected at the change of the tenant.

There was significant detail on proposals from Suburban North Family YMCA, which will be running the pool. Opening day is still unknown.

Opening day for George Taylor House is May 22. This is the 250th-year celebration. Mellish indicated it is also the 250th anniversary of anthracite coal.

“It is what made the area great and started the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

Borough Manager Stephen Travers and Mayor Barbara Schlegel identified the borough’s need for credit card payments and/or online banking payments. The borough remains a holdout in using these financial instruments to pay bills. Travers says a problem exists with coordinating the financial systems.