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Cleaning up entire town discussed by Blawnox officials

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Some Blawnox officials want more attention to be paid to code enforcement issues in sections of the borough other than Freeport Road.

Councilman Scott Krause said most reports filed on issues have been focused on Freeport Road, the main road through the borough.

“There's another part of this town, other than Freeport Road,” Krause said during a July 24 meeting.

Krause said he has seen overgrown weeds and garbage placed on the curb earlier than allowed in the lower part of the borough. He said he didn't see reports filed on any of those issues.

Council President Deborah Laskey said other parts of town have been the focus of enforcement efforts.

Councilwoman Kathryn Coban said she contacted some residents who violated borough codes to discuss the problem with them and find a resolution.

Krause said that kind of personal interaction is better than only sending a letter notifying a resident of the problem. “No matter how it's worded, everyone is threatened by a letter,” Krause said.

Krause, who lives in the lower part of town, below Freeport Road closer to the riverfront area, said that area deserves attention. “We'd like to see some improvements down below the tracks,” Krause said.

More interaction with residents could help the borough become a cleaner place. “You don't see everything by riding around,” Krause said. “You get out and walk around, you see a lot of different things.”

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

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