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Greencastle council looks to toughen borough code

August 03, 2010|By DANA BROWN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle Borough Council on Monday night looked at amending the borough's current property maintenance code to clarify its wording and strengthen the borough's approach to code enforcement.

Proposed amendments to current code includes: Authorizing the borough manager to appoint other code enforcement officers and/or contract out for code enforcement functions; amending several definitions to be consistent with property maintenance definitions; adding improper drainage as a nuisance; adding a new section on "Nonroadworthy Vehicle Nuisances"; amending compliance timeframes; and adding a new section on Unsafe Structures and Equipment.

Council member Mark Singer said the Community Development committee developed the proposed amendments as part of its task set forth in the borough's five-year strategic plan.

"Our key interest is trying to improve the language of the code," Singer said.

Council President Charles Eckstine said the proposed changes would give the council authority "to be more forceful" with code enforcement.

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"This would give us a lot more teeth," Eckstine said.

The council moved to table further discussion on the proposed amendments until the council had more time to review the proposed changes and additions to the current code before authorizing the borough's solicitor to draft and advertise an amendment.

"We want to make sure we do it right the first time," Eckstine said.

In other business:

o The council approved a request from Greencastle-Antrim School District asking the Greencastle Police Department to provide security during designated sporting events held at the school during the 2010-11 school year. The school district will pay for the costs of the additional officers providing security during the events.

o At the request of a citizens' committee, the council also agreed to work with the borough's Beautification Committee to explore options for yard waste disposal.

o The council also approved moving trick-or-treat night in Greencastle back to the Thursday prior to Halloween.

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