NEW WILMINGTON Borough council announces paving projects

Council also made tenants responsible for routine exterior maintenance of properties they rent.
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Borough council released the list of streets slated for paving this year.
Council authorized advertising for bids for paving or tarring and chipping portions of West Vine Street, Vine Court, New Castle Street, East Wood Street, High Street and the traffic circle at Westminster College.
Council also agreed to set a June 1, 2002, deadline for residents to repair sidewalks judged inadequate in the recent sidewalk inspection. Sidewalks needing repairs have been marked with paint. Homeowners will receive letters informing them of their obligation. Contractors wishing to be put on a list to be provided homeowners for the repair work should contact the borough office.
Other action: In other business at its meeting Monday, council:
UAmended the borough zoning ordinance to make snow shoveling, grass cutting and garbage removal the responsibility of the tenant, as well as the landlord at rental properties. The borough had difficulty prosecuting poorly kept rental properties because the existing ordinance did not make it clear whether the tenant could be held responsible.
UNamed George Endrizzi to complete the term of Wendell Wagner on the borough zoning hearing board. The term ends in 2006. Wagner will become mayor in November.
UHeard borough Solicitor Tom Mansell report that an agreement has been reached with Jeff and Katy Belle Bishop on a structure they own at Vine and Park streets. The borough cited the Bishops for a zoning violation at the triplex because only duplexes are allowed in that area.
The Bishops agreed to rent only two units at the property and agreed to pay court costs. The property has drawn numerous complaints from neighbors about fights, loud music and garbage.
UInformally agreed to allow Westminster College an exemption from the storm-water management ordinance so it can pave a parking lot below the Hoyt Center. Because only college property would be affected by runoff, college officials did not believe it would cause any problems. Council directed the borough manager to obtain a letter from the college clearly stating the college will take care of any resulting runoff problems.
UAgreed to allow two borough parking lots on Market Street to be used Aug. 19 for the Memorial Car Cruise and agreed to close several borough streets Sept. 28-30 for the annual fire department auction and flea market.

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