Sidewalk inspections underway

An inspection of some city sidewalks has begun, city officials said Tuesday.

City Codes Administrator Joseph Gerardi told the city council finance committee Tuesday the officers are looking at sidewalks in the far northeast of the city, closest to Loyalsock Township.

The officers will mark areas deemed in need of repair or replacement, he said.

The homeowner will be notified if their sidewalk falls under that need.

Additionally, city Community Development Director Stephanie Young is looking at grant possibilities for those who need financial assistance if they have to repair or replace parts of their sidewalk.

Gerardi said he’s waiving the cost of the permit, that used to be $30. It also will no longer cost anyone for a permit to begin to repair or replace sidewalk.

He said he anticipates the project to take up to seven years. But once the notification is given to homeowners, they have about six to eight months to show some effort either by getting the work done or hiring a contractor, Gerardi said.

The committee also was briefed about a requirement for any individual or organization soliciting door-to-door in the city.

“A $30 permit is required,” Gerardi said. That goes for church groups, utility sales, or any solicitation, he said.

The codes department has begun to inform business owners in the central business district they must remove their banners after 30 days and obtain a permit from the department.