Lansford quality of life ordinance planned
Lansford Borough Council is planning a quality of life ordinance, which would allow authorities to issue tickets for infractions of the borough code, such as failing to keep grass mowed, allowing properties to become trash-strewn or keeping appliances or indoor furniture on front porches.
The ordinance would be similar to one being planned in neighboring Coaldale.
"It's a step in the right direction," said Councilman Tommy Vadyak.
Solicitor Michael Greek said he could include penalties for having junk vehicles. Tickets would not be issued for that violation, he said.
Notice of the ordinance will be published, and council may adopt it when it meets in July.
Council members Samantha Yasson, Danielle Smith, Vadyak, and President Rosemary Cannon voted in favor of the ordinance. Mary Soberick opposed the measure, and Lenny Kovatch and Andrew Snyder were absent.
In other matters Wednesday, the attending council members:
• Agreed to hold the next regular public meeting on Wednesday, July 17. The date was changed from July 10.
• Agreed, with Soberick opposed, to interview an applicant for secretary-treasurer. Soberick had moved to hire the applicant, Danielle A. Mertz, on the basis of her resume. That motion failed for lack of sufficient votes. Yasson then moved to interview Mertz.
• Approved, with Soberick opposed, the American Cancer Society's request to use of the Panther Valley football stadium for an event.
• Scrapped a motion to make public a list of the names of those who are delinquent on sanitation bill payments after Greek advised council the action may open the borough to liability suits.
• Agreed to seek borough workers on an "as-needed" basis.
• Decided, with Soberick opposed, to inspect a property at 860 E. Patterson St. before accepting it from Wells Fargo Bank. The bank has offered the property to the borough free of charge, and will pay all costs and fees for the transfer. Greek said the property had been foreclosed.
• Agreed to bill Coaldale annually for its share of workers' compensation for Lansford Ambulance, which serves both boroughs. The amount has yet to be finalized.
The meeting was marked by a heated exchange between Soberick and Vadyak over the competence of the police department. Vadyak was critical of the department; Soberick, who is married to a borough police officer, defended it.