Reading Wants Tougher Enforcement Of Quality-Of-Life Tickets

Editor’s note:  Three cheers for Reading City Council!

Reading City Council wants neighborhoods cleaned up, and they know it’s going to take some toughness to do it.

At a workshop meeting Monday night, council heard an update on the city’s quality-of-life ticketing program by Lenin Agudo, community development director. The program has city workers issuing tickets to residents for problems like high weeds and trash piling up in yards.

Agudo presented council with a list of recommendations – created through feedback from council, city administrators and the public – aimed at improving the program.

One of the main issues, Agudo said, is making sure residents know what is acceptable and what isn’t.

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14 Houses Put On Blighted List By Reading Panel

The city’s Blighted Property Review Committee on Thursday certified 14 more houses as blighted, despite requests from some owners for more time to fix them.

It also removed six properties from its target list because owners had resolved problems. And it tabled action on three other properties.

Despite the certifications – which allow the city to take the properties, by eminent domain if necessary – the owners are in little jeopardy of the homes being wrested from them any time soon.

The Reading Redevelopment Authority, which would take ownership of the homes, has said it won’t take any property unless the city has an identified use for it – which is rare.

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