Denver quality of life ordinance ready for public hearing

By on September 25, 2017

Denver Borough Council members worked many months to write a proposed ordinance for more efficient remediation of six property code violations. These include weeds, parking of vehicles on grass, furniture on the exterior of the property areas, accumulation of waste, improper location and storage of rubbish containers, animal waste accumulations and unlicensed or uninspected vehicles on property.
A public hearing for the proposed ordinance is scheduled for council’s regular meeting night of Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.
The ordinance proposes using a process of a courtesy notice, ticket, abatement, and appeal.
Council studied the ordinances of other communities and held discussions at their meetings prior to approving this proposed ordinance moving through the adoption process.
In other business, council members discussed their meeting with the Honorable Dennis E. Reinaker, President Judge, regarding the proposed closing of the Stevens Magisterial District Court office.
The meeting also included representatives from Adamstown, East Cocalico Township, West Cocalico Township, and the Cocalico School District. Representing Denver was Council President Blake Daub, Mayor Rodney Redcay, and Borough Manager Mike Hession.
Denver representatives said Reinaker thoroughly explained the data that was gathered and evaluated prior to making the recommendation to close any district justice offices. Denver representatives commented on the thoroughness of the process.
“It was well thought out,” said Daub.
Closing the Stevens magisterial district justice office means splintering the Cocalico regional communities which comprise the Cocalico School District. Other points made by those meeting with Reinaker were that actual savings should be compared to the costs to the community. People in the Cocalico region are marginalized due to lack of social services and public services, such as mass transportation, representatives said.
Reinaker said there will be a period for public comment. Council members stressed that is the time when residents who feel it is important for the area to keep its district justice office to come forward.
In other business:
* Council approved ordering for the downtown business district a Northgate, 32-gallon trash container, with a rain bonnet so trash doesn’t get wet. Total cost is $874.92. The container style is similar to the street light posts. Its location will be on the sidewalk on Main Street between the outdoor seating of Courtyard Café and the apartments next door.
* Hession reported that the “Get Gas” program will be available to approximately 152 properties on the north side of town. The proposed gas line would come up Sixth Street. The borough requested copies of all correspondence that gets sent to residents.
* Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank was approved to hold a blood drive in the borough on Dec. 19 from 2 to 7 p.m. The well-attended August blood drive impacted 75 patients. All blood donated is used locally.

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