Neighborhood Action Team 2020

City Officials have conducted five Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) sweeps so far this year. The NAT has been to the following neighborhoods: Vine Street, Lagrange Street, Webster Street, Washington Terrace, Nafus Street, Winter Street, Curtis & Wilford Streets, Green and Thistle Streets and more.

The sweeps have identified 170 total property violations, for issues such as accumulation of garbage, high grass and weeds, stairs and porches, roofs, broken windows, damaged,missing or clogged gutters, junk vehicles, and exterior walls, among others.

The Police Department has tagged 21 abandoned vehicles.  An abandoned vehicle is one that does not have a current inspection. Vehicle owners are given 7 days to obtain an inspection before further enforcement action occurs. The PD has also issued 7 parking violations.

The Fire Bureau has inspected and repaired hydrants in the areas and the Facilities Management team addressed neighborhood issues.

The Redevelopment Authority has provided 18 applications to individual property owners for the City’s Home Rehabilitation program.

Property owners receiving notices are required to contact Code Enforcement within 1 business day of a notice to develop a plan of action. They are given up to 24 hours to correct violations such as high grass and up to 30 days (or more) to address more substantial issues. No actual fines or citations are issued during NAT sweeps. The purpose of the sweeps are to improve the neighborhoods and quality of life of our residents, and to remind homeowners of their obligation to maintain their properties in a safe and code compliant manner. The City utilizes the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) as published by the International Code Council for these standards. The International Code Council is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. More information about the IPMC may be found at https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/I-Codes.

Homeowners that have code-deficient properties are encouraged to contact the Commission on Economic Opportunity at 570-826-0510 or the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston at 570-654-4601. Income eligible residents may qualify for programs to help make required repairs to their home. Rules and regulations apply and funds are limited.

The NAT has several more sweeps scheduled. The City has been providing 24-72 hours notices of the neighborhoods to be visited this year. However, there may be additional unannounced sweeps, so the City reminds residents to upkeep their properties. Once again, if someone is having trouble maintaining their property, they should contact CEO, the Redevelopment Authority or another social service agency to inquire about assistance.

NAT Sweep August 5, 2019

Today, City Officials conducted a Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) sweep on Cliff, Chapel, Union, Thistle and Dewitt Streets. The sweep resulted in 31 properties receiving Notices of Violation, for issues such as high grass and weeds, stair and porches, roofs, broken windows, damaged-missing or clogged gutters, and exterior walls. The Police Department tagged 4 abandoned vehicles and issued 7 parking violations. The Fire Bureau checked hydrants in the area and the Facilities Management addressed neighborhood issues.

Property owners receiving notices are required to contact Code Enforcement within 24 hours of a notice to develop a plan of action. They are given up to 24 hours to correct violations such as high grass and up to 30 days (or more) to address more substantial issues. No actual fines or citations are issued during NAT sweeps. The purpose of the sweeps are to improve the neighborhoods and quality of life of our residents, and to remind homeowners of their obligation to maintain their properties in a safe and code compliant manner. The City utilizes the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) as published by the International Code Council for these standards. The International Code Council is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. More information about the IPMC may be found at https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/I-Codes.

Homeowners that have code-deficient properties are encouraged to contact the Commission on Economic Opportunity at 570-826-0510 or the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston at 570-654-4601. Income eligible residents may qualify for programs to help make required repairs to their home. Rules and regulations apply and funds are limited.

An abandoned vehicle is one that does not have a current inspection. Vehicle owners are given 7 days to obtain an inspection before further enforcement action occurs.

The NAT will be active throughout the summer and fall and will be conducting more unannounced sweeps.

Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) Sweep

Today, City Officials conducted a Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) sweep on Broad, Front, Fulton and Fear Streets. The sweep resulted in 28 properties receiving Notices of Violation, for issues such as  sidewalks, roofs, weeds and grass, damaged stairs, exterior walls, junk vehicles, accumulation of debris and garbage, and broken windows. The Police Department tagged 8 abandoned vehicles and issued 6 parking violations. One vehicle was towed due to no insurance. The Fire Bureau checked hydrants in the area and the Facilities Management addressed neighborhood issues.

Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) Sweep

Today, City Officials conducted a Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) sweep on William Street. The sweep resulted in 24 properties receiving Notices of Violation, 4 verbal warnings and two citations for issues including high grass, sidewalks, roofs and gutters, interior furniture on porches, accumulation of garbage and debris, broken windows, junk vehicles. The Police Department tagged 2 abandoned vehicles and issued 6 parking violations. The Fire Bureau checked 12 hydrants in the area, 2 stories connections were replaced and 1 was inoperable and reported to the water company. The Facilities Management team weed whacked unmaintained tree lawns.

Neighborhood Action Team (NAT)

Today, City Officials conducted a Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) sweep on Butler, Sand, Radcliffe, Defoe Streets and Prospect Place. The NAT was formed last year as a way to further the Neighborhood Housing Initiative. The mission statement of the Initiative is: “Develop a plan and implementation strategy designed to reduce the number of code deficient, vacant and abandoned houses in the City of Pittston’s neighborhoods. Create a complimentary regulatory environment that allows the leveraging of resources. To improve the overall appearance of the neighborhoods creating attractive, livable, safe and desired housing.”

This sweep resulted in 25 properties receiving Notices of Violation and three verbal warnings for issues ranging from high grass to collapsing structures. The Police Department tagged 5 abandoned vehicles and issued 11 parking violations. The Fire Bureau checked hydrants in the area. The Facilities Management team performed maintenance work such as trimming weeds and brush.

Property owners receiving notices are required to contact Code Enforcement within 24 hours of a notice to develop a plan of action. They are given up to 24 hours to correct violations such as high grass and up to 30 days (or more) to address more substantial issues. No actual fines or citations are issued during NAT sweeps. The purpose of the sweeps are to improve the neighborhoods and quality of life of our residents, and to remind homeowners of their obligation to maintain their properties in a safe and code compliant manner. The City utilizes the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) as published by the International Code Council for these standards. The International Code Council is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. More information about the IPMC may be found at https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/I-Codes.

An abandoned vehicle is one that does not have a current inspection. Vehicle owners are given 7 days to obtain an inspection before further enforcement action occurs.

Pittston Receives State Grant for Recycling Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently announced approval of a grant submitted by the City of Pittston for support of the municipal curbside recycling program.  The grant award of $223,340 will be used by the city to purchase an 18 yard compacting recycling collection truck for pickup of residential curbside recycling, the purchase of additional residential curbside recycling containers that will be delivered to each city residence in the spring of 2019 and enhanced recycling education programs.    For additional information see the DEP press release at:  http://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/NewsRoomPublic/articleviewer.aspx?id=21561&typeid=1

Pittston Receives Grant to Improve Sewer System on Panama Street

On September 18, 2018 the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved a grant submitted by Pittston City for funding in the amount of $424,845 to improve the sewer system on Panama Street.  For a number of years the city has been having problems with an aged underground culvert that transmits both sanitary and stormwater from structures on Panama Street. There have been multiple road subsidences and blockages as well as collapsing manholes and street drains.   The grant funding will allow for the installation of new separate underground pipes for stormwater and sanitary sewerage as well as new manholes and street drains. Additionally, the Pittston City Office of Community Development will be using Community Development grant funds to install new sidewalks, curbs and repave the road when the underground pipe work is completed.  Construction work is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2019.

Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) Sweep

On Monday, City Officials conducted a Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) sweep on Johnson Street. This sweep resulted in 16 properties receiving Notices of Violation and one verbal warning for issues such as inoperable vehicles, boats and campers on street, roof and gutter repairs, electrical service cable replacement. The Police Department tagged 5 abandoned vehicles and issued 1 handicapped parking violation. The Fire Bureau checked hydrants in the area. The Facilities Management team and DPW performed maintenance work such as trimming weeds and brush.

 

Property owners receiving notices are required to contact Code Enforcement within 24 hours of a notice to develop a plan of action. They are given up to 24 hours to correct violations such as high grass and up to 30 days (or more) to address more substantial issues. No actual fines or citations are issued during NAT sweeps. The purpose of the sweeps are to improve the neighborhoods and quality of life of our residents, and to remind homeowners of their obligation to maintain their properties in a safe and code compliant manner. The City utilizes the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) as published by the International Code Council for these standards. The International Code Council is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. More information about the IPMC may be found at https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/I-Codes.

 

An abandoned vehicle is one that does not have a current inspection. Vehicle owners are given 7 days to obtain an inspection before further enforcement action occurs.

 

More unannounced sweeps will continue to occur throughout the City.

Parsonage Street Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) Sweep

Today, City Officials conducted a Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) sweep on Parsonage and connecting streets and alleys. This sweep resulted in 21 properties receiving Notices of Violation for issues such as sidewalks, roofs, interior furniture on porches, broken windows, accumulation of debris and garbage, porches and stairs, and high grass. The Police Department tagged 8 abandoned vehicles and issued 2 parking violation warnings. The Fire Bureau checked hydrants in the area. The Facilities Management team and DPW performed maintenance work such as trimming weeds and brush. More unannounced sweeps will continue to occur throughout the City.

Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) Sweep

Last Friday, City Officials conducted a Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) sweep on Elizabeth Street. This sweep resulted in 20 properties receiving Notices of Violation for issues such as junk vehicles, a demolition notice, multiple accumulations of rubbish and debris, roofs and gutters, and exterior stairs. The Police Department tagged 10 abandoned vehicles and issued 1 parking violation warning. The Fire Bureau checked 16 Hydrants in the area. 11 were found to be in good condition. 1 had a leak and Pennsylvania American was contacted; 3 Stortz connections changed; 1 cleaned of small stones from the lock release. The Facilities Management team performed maintenance work such as trimming weeds. More unannounced sweeps will continue to occur throughout the City.