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Sharpsburg officials mull changes to code program

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Sharpsburg's procedures for inspecting rental properties will need to change or the code program will run out of funds in June.

Councilman Lou DeLuca said a proposal to require a minimum of one inspection every two years would keep the program funded.

The cost of $50 per inspection cycle would remain the same.

The change also would allow the borough to inspect a property more than once during that cycle if needed.

“If we want to do more than one inspection, we are open to do that,” DeLuca said.

DeLuca said inspections could be done again if a fire call is received.

The changes would cost less for the borough, DeLuca said.

To keep it going in its current form, the cost for property owners would need to increase, he said.

The borough can save more money by having a part-time person performing inspections.

If the changes are made, the inspections could be done by someone employed part-time, which also would save the borough money, DeLuca said.

The borough would still send out a form each year to make sure the records of who is living in town are updated.

Mayor Richard Panza had suggested decreasing the fee but officials agreed that the current price was needed to pay for the program.

Inspections will be done at the same time rather than split the town up into sections.

Council President Renee Procopio said because the borough doesn't have wards or districts that would be difficult to do.

“We don't really have that break point,” Procopio said.

DeLuca will lead a committee to finalize changes.

He said he hoped to vote on the changes soon.

“We definitely need to move forward,” DeLuca said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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