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Tarentum proposes ticketing unkempt properties

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, 11:40 p.m.
Tarentum, Pa.
Steven Adams | Tribune-Review
Tarentum, Pa.

Tarentum officials could soon have a new tool to encourage borough residents to keep up their properties.

A ticketing system is among changes proposed for the borough's ordinance governing the upkeep and maintenance of properties.

Solicitor Charles Clark said the system would give the zoning officer more flexibility in enforcement, with the aim of getting faster compliance.

If approved, the zoning officer could issue a ticket for a property condition that needs attention, rather than taking the matter to the district judge.

If the condition is fixed, there would be no further action. If not, a property owner could be fined or face further enforcement measures.

Borough council on Tuesday approved advertising the ordinance.

Grant received

Tarentum has received a $200,000 state grant that will be used to pay for improvements at the Grandview Upper Elementary School playground.

The borough owns the playground, which is leased to the Highlands School District.

While council is happy to receive the funding, it is $50,000 less than had been asked for, Councilwoman Carrie Fox said. As a result, officials will have to pare down the work that has been contemplated.

Improvements considered have included a new surface, fencing, playground equipment, swings, a new basketball court and an outdoor classroom.

Fox said other groups have been collecting money toward the playground. She said officials will have to determine if terms of the grant would allow other money to be used.

The money from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Fund was among grants recently awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which administers the state's economic stimulus packages.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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