Jersey Shore to establish rental inspection program

JERSEY SHORE – Borough council Monday night agreed to pursue establishment of a rental inspection licensing program.

Under the program, all rental housing in the borough would undergo an inspection process.

Councilman Sean Simcox noted that the borough’s 729 rental units comprise 41 percent of all housing in Jersey Shore.

He said that while it’s likely the majority of rental units are in good shape, a number of others are likely in some form of disrepair.

The inspection process, he said, can improve the borough’s rental units.

A number of other local communities have in place a rental inspection program.

Simcox said Jersey Shore has a lot of positive aspects including good schools, a local police department and recreational activities.

“There’s a lot of good reasons to live here,” he said.

He added that much of the housing is old and not in the best of shape, however.

Council President Marguerite Dyroff said an inspection process can mean safer housing.

Mayor Dennis Buttorff agreed. He pointed out that some rental units pose fire hazards.

Simcox said the inspection program would be phased in over several years.

Although council did not establish an inspection fee, Simcox said a rate of $35 per unit has been considered.

Voting in favor were Simcox, Dyroff, Mary Greene, Deborah Colocino, John Pisarcik and Kenneth Scheesley.

Janet Barnhart voted no.

Wade Snyder was absent.

Council was informed its Community Development Block Grant funding for 2013 will amount to $82,646.

Jamie Shrawder, of SEDA-Council of Governments, which administers funding, suggested the borough use the money to complete its sidewalk project.

CDBG funding, she noted, is restricted to certain types of projects including those for infrastructure, recreation and economic development.

Borough Manager Joseph Hamm informed council that work began this week on the Thompson Street Park project.

Council voted to sell its codes vehicle.

It was noted that bids for the vehicle must be in to the borough by March 11.

Council voted to purchase a new light and a light cover for the police station flag pole at a cost of $170.

In a personnel matter, Hamm was appointed to serve on the Lycoming County Tax Collection Committee. Simcox was appointed as an alternate.