Kulpmont pleased with new landlord committee, but has further concerns
KULPMONT - Officials are pleased with the borough's new landlord committee, but concerns remain about keeping problem property owners out of the borough.
Landlords were the topic of conversation at several points during borough council's meeting Tuesday night.
Fellow councilmen were happy to hear from Philip Schicchitano that a landlord committee, made up of borough council members and landlords, is meeting once a month to help iron out problems.
"The meetings have been productive, and I hope we can continue to help make Kulpmont better," Scicchitano said.
However, a resident pointed out that only the "good landlords" attend the meetings, and that all need to be involved to improve matters. Council and the landlords began meeting after the borough began tough enforcement of its ordinances, regarding trash pickup, high grass and other code problems.
Meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. the first Monday of every month in the borough council meeting room.
Mayor Myron Turlis discussed how many problem landlords purchase properties inexpensively at county repository and judicial sales. He noted a recent decision by Ashland Borough Council to reject bids on 12 properties by a single landlord whom the borough had had problems with in the past.
"We need to look into this a little further and see if we can do the same thing, and keep further problems from happening here," he said.
The board received three bids for the borough's annual street paving. The lowest came from Meckley's Limestone, Herndon, at $45,569.60. Other bids were from Eastern Industries, of Winfield at $52,168 and HRI, Inc., of State College, at $67.390.85.
The bids were looked over during an executive session following the meeting and the board voted 6-0 to award the contract to Meckley's. Voting for the company was council president Bruno Varano and members Stephen Motyka, Nicholas Bozza, Joseph Winhofer, Schicchitano and Stephanie Niglio. The board also voted to have Bozza meet with Meckley's for a work order change.
Streets that will be paved under the contract are 10th Street from Spruce to Pine, Maple Street from Seventh to Eighth, and Pine Street from Eighth to Ninth.
Assistant Fire Chief Matt Siko asked council to reconsider adopting an ordinance that puts restrictions on sexual predators living in the borough.
"This is becoming a huge issue in our neighborhood because of someone on the Megan's Law website moving in and already befriending his neighbors with kids," Siko said.
He provided council with examples of the ordinance already passed in Mount Carmel and Coal Township that forces those on the list to live 1,500 feet away from any public gathering place. The board directed solicitor William Cole to research the matter and produce a draft ordinance for discussion.
It was announced that all borough residents who participate in the food surplus program must re-register for 2013-14. Signups will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at borough hall.