Clarion Borough Council steps up nuisance ordinance enforcement

CLARION – Clarion Borough Council has made a decision to enforce cleanliness, peace and safety throughout the borough.

“We will begin enforcing laws for no trash or littering, we will be enforcing no loitering, we will be enforcing no illegal parking and also enforcing no excessive noise,” said Clarion Borough Council member Brenda Sanders Dd.

She also mentioned if a complaint comes from a rental unit, the landlord will be cited.

Dd said she is particularly concerned about the no trash enforcement after witnessing several members of the community not taking responsibility for their mess, even when asked to do so.

Housing issues

Borough council has received complaints of several yard sales around town that some community members feel have lasted longer than they should have.

Other complaints about landlords not taking care of their properties also have been brought before council.

Penny Campbell, director of the county housing authority – which includes all Section 8 housing in the borough – has been asked to attend a public hearing set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, prior to the council meeting, in the meeting room in the basement of the Clarion Public Library.

Campbell said she has noticed some broken windows in homes that have been boarded up instead of fixed by property owners.

“The landlords of those Section 8 houses have to follow HUD’s guidelines, which are much stricter than our guidelines,” Lapinto said.

Clean-up Day

Clarion Borough will conduct its annual clean-up day Saturday.

Street-to-street pick-up will not be provided, but businesses and residents may take recyclables and other permitted materials to the borough maintenance shed, located at 1148 Veterans Way, between 6:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Proof of residency will be required for participants.

Items that will not be accepted are as follows:

Items containing Freon, including freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners, and de-humidifiers; concrete products or construction materials; tires; batteries; paint cans, unless they are empty and dry with lid off; buckets with unidentified materials; household garbage; brush or yard waste; and chemicals.

A change in state law prohibits the borough from accepting electronic items such as cellphones, televisions and computers. These items must now be recycled.

Those with questions about the clean-up day may call the borough at (814) 226-7707.