Editor’s note: The only way this is worth the paper it’s printed on is IF it’s enforced. The track record for enforcing ordinances in Pottstown is poor. There are loitering ordinances on file but look at High Street. ”ZZ Top” and company lingering aimlessly around the clock tower, panhandlers, drop in center people hanging around etc… Why not enforce the laws already on the books! That would offer immediate improvement.
POTTSTOWN — With a 4-1 vote Monday, borough council adopted a new ordinance which requires the owners of vacant property to register those properties with the borough and to pay an escalating registration fee for each year the property remains vacant.
According to the ordinance, the owners of vacant property must not only register it, but secure it against illegal entry and even post a sign on the property, indicating the name, address and telephone number of the owner.
Starting Sept. 1, when the ordinance goes into effect, owners of vacant residential property must pay a $75 registration fee. If the property is vacant a year later, the registration fee is $125, and $175 the year after that. For every other subsequent year the property is vacant, the registration fee is $275.
Vacant multi-family dwellings will see their registration fee rise from $200 to $400 and industrial or commercial buildings smaller than 10,000 square feet have a first-time fee of $250 that rises to $450 by the fourth year.