Southwest Greensburg council suspects college students returned to rental property
Southwest Greensburg officials will be trying to determine whether college students barred from living in a South Main Street home have returned.
“They're all back,” neighbor Regan Bennett told borough council on Wednesday.
Last spring, council pulled the plug on 706 S. Main Street serving as a home for college students, the first suspension imposed since the board adopted a regulated rental unit ordinance in 2008.
The suspension, which followed a hearing, began July 1 and was to run to June 30, 2014, on the property owned by Genevieve Kohl.
Under the ruling, the owners can continue renting the property as long as the tenants are not college students or involve more than two people who are unrelated, solicitor Gary Falatovich explained at the time of the decision.
He said on Wednesday the borough needs to determine the identities of the occupants and if they are college students.
Bennett maintained the occupants are keeping the hours college students normally keep and are carrying backpacks.
He identified some of the individuals he has seen by name.
Council had received complaints about noise and parties at the property. Letters about the most recent claims could be sent to the occupants and the property owner, Falatovich told council.
In another matter, council adopted the 2013 budget without increasing property taxes.
No cuts in services will occur, President Jeff Tabita said.
The budget has $681,600 in the general fund, $185,135 in the garbage account and nearly $49,000 in liquid fuels funding.
Borough officials are projecting raising nearly $300,000 from property taxes. They project another $200,000 coming from the earned income tax and nearly $24,000 coming through fines, police accident reports and related sources.
In another matter, police Sgt. Todd Brant has been appointed borough emergency management coordinator, Mayor Mike Rossi said.
Council will continue meeting the second Wednesday of the month, but the start time will be 6 p.m. rather than the previous 7 p.m.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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