DELCO ALERT - July 10, 2020

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Delco Alert - July 10, 2020

Hello, this is Mayor Barbarann Keffer with some important information for our Upper Darby Township community.

This week we rolled out a new system for property maintenance and code enforcement aimed at cleaning up our neighborhoods, improving public health, and making our public safety and sanitation workers’ jobs easier. The goal of this program is to get the most people possible observing Township codes that have already been on the books for a long time. A coordinated effort to enforce these codes is part of my overall goal of beautification in Upper Darby Township.

As with any new program, there will be growing pains and we are evaluating this program on a daily basis to make any necessary adjustments and improve as we go along. The Property Maintenance Code Ordinance, recently worked on and passed by Council, centralized a multitude of existing code ordinances into one. To be clear, the goal of this program is to improve our daily quality of life in Upper Darby by adhering to our already existing codes.

Some of the things which we will be on the look-out for include:

  • All trash should be contained in trash cans;
  • Grass is not too high and shrubbery does not extend over the right-of-way
  • Discarded mattresses are wrapped in bags
  • House numbers are visible in the front (and the back if there is a shared driveway)

Residents will receive an initial warning of violation notice to encourage them to address the issue within 48 hours. After 48 hours, tickets (just like a parking ticket) will be issued if the violation has not been addressed. In an abundance of enthusiasm on the part of our inspectors, some residents were issued tickets this past Monday and Tuesday, July 6 and 7. Those tickets will be dismissed and refunds sent to those who paid their tickets. Other property maintenance issues such as sidewalks and common driveways and others which take longer than 48 hours to fix will be handled by our inspectors in conjunction and communication with residents.

At the same time, our Public Works teams will be joining our Code teams working in rotating “Focus Zones” to evaluate and upgrade township infrastructure in a proactive way. Street signs, storm drains, painted street markings, and other issues will be examined, then repaired or replaced if necessary.

If you have any questions or suggestions to improve our Code Enforcement Ticketing Program, please call the Request Line at: 610.734.7625 or email request@upperdarby.org.

This is Mayor Barbarann Keffer wishing you a great weekend.

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