Hearing continued; councilman resigns

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Concord Council discusses a proposed ordinance one member short. Councilman Michael Harding resigned from Council effective 90 minutes before the hearing began.

Concord Township Council members Tuesday night continued their hearing on a proposed Property Maintenance Ordinance. Only six members of Council were present. After the group voted for the continuance, Council President Dominic Pileggi announced that Michael Harding had resigned. No reasons were cited.

Harding is the second person to resign from the board this year. Peter Pagano resigned his seat in October. Council now has 30 days to appoint a replacement for Harding. Colleen Morrone — a former township supervisor and Delaware County Council member — was appointed to replace Pagano in November.

The hearing itself — a continuance from March — was mostly a discussion on definitions and how the township would enforce the code. However, members agreed that more work is needed before it could vote on the matter. At least one or two more hearings would be needed, according to solicitor Hugh Donaghue.

Code Enforcement Officer Manos Kavadias said the proposed ordinance sets minimum standards for safety, lighting, and heating, and that the township would issue a non-traffic citation if a code's officer found the property owner was in violation. However, the matter could go to district court if the property owner appealed.

Donaghue said the idea is to "eliminate hazardous conditions."

The code would apply to all residential and commercial properties. Part of Tuesday night's discussion involved how such things as "kitchens" are defined for the two types of properties, and what might constitute a driveway, and where residents might park their mobile homes.

Council set no date for the next hearing.

A draft of the proposal can be found here.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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