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Still skeptical

January 2, 2014

I feel so safe in the city of Williamsport now that we enacted the registering of rental properties....

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Jan-05-14 9:09 PM

I agree with enigma, codes officers "acting' as police officers is dangerous. If cops cannot do their job, finding and apprehending criminals, why would you expect a codes officer to do that? This whole landlord ordinance is a hoax. Seems to me the past drug task force did a great job (in spite of taking the drug dealers car to Canada)with no help from codes to make arrests. What happened since then? Did drug dealers get smarter? Smart minds working together reduces crime and therein lies the problem.

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Jan-02-14 9:02 AM

Frank seems to have danced around the real problem, but he is right. These codes enforcement officers were added to help enforce other laws and that's not only unethical, it could be illegal and it's definitely unsafe for the codes officers. Did I mention that it won't work? The police department spent a lot of hours that would have been better spent on law enforcement looking into the new rental ordinance. They found that many other cities have similar laws. What they didn't look into is if they work, which they don't. Wilkes-Barre has a similar law and it hasn't decreased their crime at all. It has managed to reduce the number of rental units available to the low income though. Great move!

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Jan-02-14 6:56 AM

Yeah I think Codes has more responsibilities than checking for smoke detectors.

I know I wouldn't want a Fireman inspecting new plumbing in my house. I mean these guys just love seeing water praying around! {sic}

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Jan-02-14 5:34 AM

"Actually, city codes for many years was operated by the proper authority, the Bureau of Fire. Any person will unlock their door hearing a fire siren."

Frank, for many years the fire department wasn't at the minimal manning levels it is at today, not to mention the cost to tax payers to take the fire equipment on codes calls in order to use the "fire siren" Perhaps you should speak with Joe Girardi and get a more complete picture of all the responsibilities under that department. Blighted properties alone is a full time job in this city and ensuring rental properties are safe for tenants also is labor intensive with the number of rentals in this area. That is just two of their responsibilities before this ordinance.

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