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South Connellsville revises property maintenance code

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

South Connellsville Council agreed to advertise the revisions made to ordinance 297, which would adopt the borough's rendition of the International Property Maintenance Code.

A special committee had been meeting to update the code.

“Some of the more nitpicky things have been removed,” Councilman Clyde Martz said.

Council President Mark Ward said he felt it unnecessary to adopt a formal code ordinance to follow.

“Just address each issue when they are brought to your attention,” Ward said. “It is not necessary to burden all of the residents with this.”

The motion passed with only Ward opposing.

South Connellsville resident Debbie Striner of Dushane Avenue asked council for help on addressing issues with the borough's trash collector, Veolia, now Advanced Disposal.

“We have major garbage issues,” Striner said. “We have been paying our bill but our garbage is not being picked up. Sometimes as much as three weeks will go by and it won't be picked up.”

Striner, whose home and street section are considered private property by the company, is aware they will not pick up at private locations, but she and fellow neighbors have been piling garbage at an arranged area, only to have the piles untouched by the company.

“They aren't picking it up and we are having problems with blackbirds,” Striner said. “The birds come and peck holes in the bags and they won't pick them up then, so it's creating a big mess.”

Council said they will contact the company to see if arrangements can be made for a Dumpster or for more regular pickup.

Other complaints about the company's overall service have been reported.

“Don't let the problem go for three weeks again,” Ward said. “We'll do what we have to do to fix this.”

Council voted to demolish a house located next to the borough building. The house is owned by the borough and used for storage.

“The roof needed repaired and was repaired and still leaks,” Martz said, adding that five bids were received to demolish the structure. “I think it might be best to just demolish the building.”

Council agreed to look into having both cameras in the police cars the same make and model.

“We need to get the cameras and we need them to work,” Ward said. “We need to get the senior officer involved in this so he learns what he needs to know.”

Council passed a motion to promote acting head officer Kevin Grippo to police chief, with a raise of 75 cents per hour.

Council decided to advertise for bids for paving projects in the borough. Project packets can be picked up at the borough offices. Bids must be received no later than 3 p.m. May 13.

The Community Yard Sale will be held on May 5. Cleanup day will be May 15.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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