David Mekeel: City's squalor embarrassing
Reading is a mess. I'm not talking about the city finances or the police department or even the school district - all of which have made headlines recently for various reasons.
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#1 Aug 12, 2011
Reading is a certifiable public welfare city. the culture is full of filth and entitlement.
#2 Aug 12, 2011
Very true. Whats funny to me is that the head of the codes dept. and city council say they are seeing change in this city with the introduction of quality of life issues. In fact, they also believe that quality of life is progressing so great that nobody is appealing their fines. The problem is that city council and even local Djs dont realize that due process has been eliminated in these cases because you cant appeal a QOL ticket after the so called hearing with the Codes Manager. They dont issue tickets under the old way because the old way was issuing a ticket as a traffic violation. Meaning that a traffic violation provided an appeal to be entered as a docket number that is then entered into the judicial system. They dont do this anymore and its completely illegal. How are they getting away with this? I think its soon time for me to bring up this issue at a city council meeting. But will they even care? If you ask me the streets are filthier now than ever. The real issue is that if you dont clean up the mess left by others you yourself will receive a ticket that you have no choice to pay and no way to appeal it legally. This is partly why you see trash in the streets. Ive literally seen tenants throw trash in the gutter because it becomes the citys problem. And why is it that a tenant can purposely leave trash scattered throughout a property but the landlord is the one that get a fine? Does this make any legal sense at all?
#3 Aug 15, 2011
"Codes" personnel would accomplish more if equipped with a broom and a trash bag instead of a ticket book.....
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