Jeremiah Runkle

Jeremiah Runkle, Mifflinburg Borough solicitor, said a proposed rental ordinance first discussed last month needed revision of enforcement mechanisms. A public hearing and vote to adopt will be on the agenda of the February Mifflinburg Borough Council meeting.

MIFFLINBURG — Mifflinburg Borough Council set a date for a public hearing Tuesday night and agreed to advertise its proposed residential rental unit ordinance.

Solicitor Jeremiah Runkle said the ordinance, which would set certain standards for rental properties in the borough, underwent revisions since first discussed last month.

Enforcement mechanisms for non-compliance required further refinement Runkle said.

“Some communities have laid out several tiers of disciplinary action...on the holder of a rental license,” Runkle said. “The changes the mayor and I just worked through just streamline that.”

Runkle said the borough sought as simple an ordinance as possible to ensure consistent enforcement and that it is easily understood.

Failure to obtain a license and failure to comply with inspection requirements were among potential violations.

“I think it will encourage landlords to seek quality tenants,” Runkle added.

Mayor David Cooney was in agreement.

“The residential rental unit ordinance to ensure that landlords are responsible in choosing tenants who are not involved in criminal endeavors,” he said.

The ordinance will be available for inspection at the borough building and posted online. The hearing and vote on it by council will be on the agenda of the meeting planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Staff Writer Matt Farrand can be reached at 570-742-9671 and via email at matt@standard-journal.com.

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