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Scottdale directs solicitor to revise ordinance

| Monday, July 14, 2014, 10:18 p.m.

Scottdale officials are hoping to take the difficulty out of amending a borough ordinance that prohibits bicycles on certain streets in the downtown business district.

Council on Monday directed its solicitor to revise the ordinance which bans bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards and scooters in the downtown area by simply striking the word bicycles where it appears three times.

Solicitor Jerry Yannity questioned whether a separate bicycle ordinance should be drafted, but council did not direct him to do so.

Yannity will revise the current ordinance as requested and bring it to council's August meeting.

In 2010, council passed an ordinance that prohibited bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates and in-line skates in the business district.

Now, members of the Coal and Coke Trail committee are working to bring the trail into the downtown area and would like the ordinance prohibiting bicycles to be amended.

Yannity said the borough has three options when it comes to this issue: To suspend enforcement of the ordinance except in extreme cases as a stopgap measure while the ordinance is under review; invalidate the ordinance by repealing it and taking it off the books completely; and put together a new ordinance that better suits the borough's needs or amend the current ordinance.

Currently, the stopgap measure is in effect and the ordinance is not being enforced where it pertains to bicycles.

In other business:

• The borough will be without a building code official and zoning officer until next month, which will put all building permit requests, zoning approvals and inspections of existing projects on hold.

Originally, a motion was made to appoint Ed Howley as building code official and zoning officer and to appoint Jim Ochs as code enforcement officer, both with Building Inspection Underwriters.

However, an amendment to that motion, made by Councilman Jack Davis, passed to eliminate Howley.

Borough Manager Angelo Pallone will ask BIU to provide another individual for consideration at council's August meeting.

Councilman Don Stansak said the contract with BIU states the company must provide the borough with someone acceptable to them.

Ochs will be on hand for property maintenance issues.

• Motions were passed to accept the low bid of $164,144.80 by El Grande Industries for the borough's paving project; direct the borough street crew to fill in potholes throughout July; and advertise for the repair of sewage lines in the Fountain Mills area.

• Council instructed the police chief to submit the police blotter to the Independent Observer and the Daily Courier newspapers on a weekly basis.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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