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Borough’s residential rental ordinance expected March 15

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough Council is expected to look at a new revision of a proposed residential rental ordinance regulating rental properties in the borough at the March 15 council workshop meeting.

Councilman Robert McHale confirmed to council members at the March 1 meeting that revisions are being made in response to input from residents and property owners at a special Jan. 18 meeting.

Among the comments at that meeting were that the ordinance draft on the table at the time included overregulation and burdensome and unnecessary fees.

Three board members are working on redrafting the proposed legislation, which has been an ongoing project for many months.

Working on the current revision for the past month with McHale are Councilpersons Julia Kutzler and Anthony Lopsonzski Sr.

“The committee has had some informal and formal conversations based on our last get-together as council,” McHale said. “We are still in the revision stage at this point in time.”

The purpose of the ordinance is to provide a framework with which landlords will be compelled to correct violations and to keep rental properties in good condition, to promote public health and safety.

“We had a meeting today to go over some very specific items, trying to clean up some things that came up during the public meeting,” he said. “We are hoping to have a draft available for council to take a look at by the next council meeting.”

Part of the revision is expected to be an implementation plan.

“We have talked about pre-notification to the property owners, giving them advance notice,” he said. “Hopefully, we can start the ordinance at the beginning of next year.”

Also at the meeting:

• Fire police from Northampton will be assisting at the Saquon Barkley Day parade in Coplay March 24.

• Council approved a request by Tri-Boro Youth Soccer Club for use of the Atlas Sports Complex during the spring soccer season March 18-June 10.

• A request by the Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Sick & Beneficial Society to use the borough’s portable band trailer for an Aug. 4 event was approved by the council.

• The March 24 egg hunt, which will begin noon at the park, will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. March 21 plastic egg-filling session at the administration office.

• The borough planning commission will meet March 14 to continue the review of a comprehensive plan.

• The fire department answered 34 incidents in February, including three structure fires, three dwelling fires, HAZMAT, motor vehicle and carbon monoxide incidents and burning complaints.

• Detours planned for Route 329 in Allen Township are expected to affect Northampton traffic as well. Backups are expected heading east from Miller Supply Ace Hardware to Horwith Trucking, especially at Weaversville and Savage roads.