WILKES-BARRE — A day after council took the first step to approve an amendment toughening the city’s rental ordinance, the code enforcement office listed more than 5o citations to property owners over a four-month period.
More than half of the 51 properties have out-of-town owners, a point stressed by Mayor Tom Leighton when he proposed the amendment to crack down on problem properties contributing to the rise in violent crime.
City spokeswoman Liza Prokop said the timing of the release of the list was unrelated to the pending amendment.
In an e-mail Wednesday she said, “It is standard practice for the city to release information on code violations.”
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