Scottdale residents question zoning notices
Some Scottdale residents showed concern recently when a resident along South Broadway received a violation notice from the borough’s code enforcement/zoning officer.
The resident was directed through the letter to remove a fence that had been installed prior to zoning approval.
But it wasn’t what was in the letter that had residents concerned. It was the date it was written – Oct. 14.
This was just three days after a borough council meeting where members of the Scottdale Borough Council asked protection committee chairman Andy Pinskey to look into the qualifications of the zoning officer, who is employed by Building Inspection Underwriters out of Avalon.
Residents thought officials took action at that meeting to hold off on issuing any more zoning violation notices until Pinskey reported back to council.
It was Councilman Bryce King who made the request of Pinskey to look into the zoning officer’s qualifications and it was Councilman Jack Davis who suggested no more zoning notices be sent out until the situation was investigated.
Councilman Angelo Pallone questioned the action of issuing the violation notice, saying he thought council had voted to hold off, but both Pinskey and Randy Klimchock with Solicitor John Toohey’s office said that even if there was a request, there was no record in the minutes that any official action had taken place.
“I checked with (Secretary) Sue (Killinger) on the minutes and there was no vote taken to suspend any code violations,” Pinskey said.
On the violation itself, Pallone said it was his understanding that the resident had recently moved to the property and might not have been aware of borough codes.
“If all they did was not apply for a permit, I’m a reasonable man,” he said. “I don’t think there was a need to cite the individual and make them take out their fence. I would have just told her to go and apply for a permit.”