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Rental ordinance gets council OK

October 12, 2013

City Council approved by a 7-0 vote the first reading of a proposed rental ordinance meant to reduce drug-related crimes and inappropriate behaviors at rental properties....

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Fredzz

Oct-12-13 10:37 AM

Since people that live in nice homes that they own seldom if ever Buy or Sell drugs or commit any crimes, This should nearly eliminate the drug problems in Williamsport.

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And Ku-dos' on your creative Revenue enhancement..!

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Fredzz

Oct-12-13 11:57 AM

Since people that live in nice homes that they own seldom if ever Buy or Sell drugs or commit any crimes, This should nearly eliminate the drug problems in Williamsport.

(sic)

And Ku-dos' on your creative Revenue enhancement..!

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czkb217

Oct-12-13 2:13 PM

unde this ordinance i guess Timberland is going to be the first place "closed down"??? 2 shootings there in recent months sure seems like a "problem landlord" to me

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fromtheport

Oct-12-13 5:22 PM

The ordinance reads properties owned or managed by the housing authority, government, hotels, colleges, nonprofits are exempt. So no timberland wont be shutdown.

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Fredzz

Oct-12-13 6:09 PM

czkb217;

If what you stated is true, then anyone could be shut down by a drive-by shooter, that has no connection with the Rental property...!!

WoW

You must be mistaken.

If not.... Some local [or not]-Wise-Guy's are going to have fun with this.

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Livinlife

Oct-13-13 1:23 PM

Why does government not see that this is harming the community and does not solve problems. First example, we want people to be involved in their communities and help stop crime. This ordinance negates this ability. If a police officer is called to a rental three times they can shut it down. What if that woman living there with her children is beaten by her husband? Now we are kicking a woman and her children out of their only bit of safety. Would you call the police? Probably not. Now she is front page news as the next murder victim. Well, now the property is shut down. While this example is extreme, it will create an issue. Secondly, shutting down a property does not solve problems. Guess what, vacant properties are great for drug and other illegal activity. Third, the ordinance requires that someone must live in Lycoming county to service properties. I am aware of plenty of landlords that are diligent in serving their property needs but hire people in Sunbury or Lock Haven.

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Livinlife

Oct-13-13 1:31 PM

You are forcing unfair practices upon landlords. How many people who work in county live outside it. Does it make them less capable because they live in the neighboring county. Ask your friends who commute from Dushore or Danville. Crime is not a race or housing status issue. It is a economic issue. Lets start by improving infrastuctures like roads. Do you want to live on a street where it does not get plowed or better yet park your car in a pothole the size of a small dog. No, you want nicely lit streets, smooth roads for the kids to ride their bikes, you want a playground for them to go to. In the infamous words of"Field of Dreams", If you build it they will come. Downtown has been an excellent example of revitalization. Money was spent to bring a warm, charming environment. Look at what the historic district did with an investment in their neighborhood. None of these areas were improved because of creating laws that allow police officers to kick people out of the

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Livinlife

Oct-13-13 1:37 PM

Police officers are meant to protect communities not destroy them. If you want to improve neighborhoods, lets take one by one. Lets go into the area between Cemetery and Market. Let's turn on the lights, Let's improve the roads, Let's reopen parks. Go after responsible investors and think outside the box. Maybe tearing down a few buildings to raise a few more would be awesome. I don't have the complete solution, no one does. But if you are getting paid by my tax dollars (and yes I pay the mercantile tax) then think of ways to improve things. I am a smart investor, I don't overspend on things that don't make me money and right now you are not helping. I thought most of you were Republicans. Aren't you for less government?

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fromtheport

Oct-13-13 2:02 PM

@ livinlife What a meaningless rant, and seriously you think you are so frugile you dont waste any of your money? I bet if I did an audit of your lifelivin i would find a lot of wasted money. Anyways, meaningles rant from a slumlord. LOL

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czkb217

Oct-13-13 2:08 PM

Fredzz.... on the contrary, the last 2 shootings in the 500 block of Timberland were the EXACT same apartment. And when i referred to the "closure" that came right from the article that you evidently skimmed over.....

Miller said the biggest part of the ordinance is the closure option. Essentially, if shootings and selling drugs goes on at a rental property, the city has the ability to shut it down. "It gives the city the ability to immediately close a property in the same manner one might do if there were an issue of endangerment to the health, safety and welfare of the tenants," Miller said. "No longer can landlords thumb their noses or say they didn't know," he said.

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czkb217

Oct-13-13 2:14 PM

and fromtheport, isnt that part of the problem? take the last 6 months of newspapers (or check the sun gazettes crime section on here) and count how many times the police are at timberland (either location) compared to any other single address. Besides, Timberland is NOT owned by the county or the city for that matter, they are PRIVATELY owned, dont believe me, call their office and ask them yourselves. The last shooting the requested video survelliance for their attorney's since they are PRIVATELY owned.

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czkb217

Oct-13-13 2:17 PM

***********lycominghousing****/lyco/PublicHousing.aspx if you look at their listing of locations, you will see Timberland has NOTHING to do with the LHA.........so how do you get they are going to be exempt when they are not owned or managed by the LHA?

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czkb217

Oct-13-13 2:18 PM

****:/ /****lycoming housing. org/ lyco/ PublicHousing. aspx

Take out the spaces

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