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In a 2-1 vote, West Cornwall Township supervisors approved on Monday, July 10, the adoption of a property maintenance code to address issues with general upkeep of residential and nonresidential properties. 

During public comment on the proposed ordinance, supervisor Dennis Tulli noted the township began discussing the need for a property maintenance code six years ago to address public safety issues. Those include properties with broken or busted out windows, rotting steps and porches and roofs with holes. 

“This is not meant to be an invasive document,” Tulli had said at the supervisors’ June meeting in response to residents’ concerns. “This allows us to correct unsafe conditions that haven’t been corrected.”

Several residents objected to the ordinance, stating it limited property owners’ rights and interfered with personal privacy.

“This will be complaint driven—we won’t be driving around looking for problems,” supervisor David Lloyd, who voted with Tulli to approve the code, said in a telephone interview.

In other business, 

  • Supervisors unanimously approved an increase in the per-lot recreation fee for new developments. The fee , set in 2013, had been $1,500 per lot based on a formula in the township’s land development and subdivision ordinance, Lloyd said. The new fee is $2,800.28 per unit. The township requires developers to set aside land for recreation or pay a per-lot fee into the township’s parks and recreation fund. In the near future, the township anticipates purchasing new equipment for several playgrounds, Lloyd said.
  • Township engineer Jeff Steckbeck reported that the sale of the Quentin Water Company to the West Cornwall Municipal Authority had been finalized.

Read More: West Cornwall Twp. municipal authority takes over Quentin Water Co. operations

West Cornwall Township supervisors meet at 73 S. Zinns Mill Road on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held August 14. These meetings are open to the public and do not require registration.

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