City of Pittston Fair Housing Essay Contest

FAIR HOUSING ESSAY CONTEST

In order to raise awareness about the importance of Fair Housing, the City of Pittston will be holding a Fair Housing Essay Contest for students ages 12-16 in the Pittston Area.  Students are asked to write a 2-3 page essay in 12 point font, double-spaced on the following topic:

DIVERSE COMMUNITY

The Fair Housing Act (FHA), passed by Congress in April 1968, guarantees everyone the right to rent or buy housing on a fair and equal basis.

What would it be like to live in a diverse community? How does the Fair Housing Act help create diverse communities? How would it feel to be part of a community that celebrates the differences of its members?

Submissions are due by Monday October 19th, 2020.  Submissions may be mailed or emailed to: Mary Kuna, City of Pittston, 35 Broad St. Suite 202, Pittston, PA 18640 or PittstonFairHousingContest@gmail.com.

Prizes include $75 for 1st, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd, as well as, publication on the City of Pittston’s website and an award certificate.

NAT Sweep Scheduled Friday September 18th NEW STREET

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will continue inspections again this Friday September 18th, 2020. The NAT will focus its efforts on NEW STREET.

 

The City formed the NAT to address blight, property maintenance issues and quality of life in a concerted effort in the neighborhoods under the City and Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative. Members of the Code Enforcement, Police, Fire, EMS, Administration, Public Works Departments, and Office of Community Development comprise the NAT.

 

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 (except possibly habitual offenders). 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 Police enforce parking regulations and 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 City and its officials are mindful of the COVID pandemic and the limits it has placed on all of us and will be willing to work with everyone on any issue they may have in this respect. The importance is to communicate this to the appropriate officials if you are notified of a violation.

 

Public Hearing on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 5:00PM

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

The Council of the City of Pittston shall hold a Public Hearing on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 5:00PM in the Basement Conference Room of City Hall, 35 Broad Street, Pittston, PA. All interested parties are given the opportunity to be heard on the proposed zoning ordinance amendment at this Hearing. The Amendment is available on the City’s website or may be inspected in person at City Hall. Social distancing and masks shall be required at the hearing. Written comments may be submitted to jchacke@pittstonrda.com or by mail to Pittston City, Attention: Joe Chacke, Executive Director, 35 Broad Street, Suite 202, Pittston, PA 18640.

Proposed Zoning Ordinance

NAT Sweep Scheduled for September 4, 2020 (Johnson and River Streets)

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will continue inspections again this Friday September 4th, 2020. The NAT will focus its efforts on JOHNSON and RIVER Streets.

 

The City formed the NAT to address blight, property maintenance issues and quality of life in a concerted effort in the neighborhoods under the City and Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative. Members of the Code Enforcement, Police, Fire, EMS, Administration, Public Works Departments, and Office of Community Development comprise the NAT.

 

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 (except possibly habitual offenders). 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 Police enforce parking regulations and 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 City and its officials are mindful of the COVID pandemic and the limits it has placed on all of us and will be willing to work with everyone on any issue they may have in this respect. The importance is to communicate this to the appropriate officials if you are notified of a violation.

 

NAT Sweep Scheduled for Friday, August 21 DEWITT, GREEN, THISTLE, UPPER UNION, and CHAPEL

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will continue inspections again this Friday August 21, 2020. The NAT will focus its efforts on DEWITT, GREEN, THISTLE, UPPER UNION, and CHAPEL Streets.

 

The City formed the NAT to address blight, property maintenance issues and quality of life in a concerted effort in the neighborhoods under the City and Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative. Members of the Code Enforcement, Police, Fire, EMS, Administration, Public Works Departments, and Office of Community Development comprise the NAT.

 

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 (except possibly habitual offenders). 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 Police enforce parking regulations and 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 City and its officials are mindful of the COVID pandemic and the limits it has placed on all of us and will be willing to work with everyone on any issue they may have in this respect. The importance is to communicate this to the appropriate officials if you are notified of a violation.

 

The NAT will be active throughout the summer and fall.

Civil Service Commission Meeting Online 8/21/20 3:00pm

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Pittston Civil Service Commission shall convene an online meeting via Zoom on Friday August 21, 2020 at 3:00pm. To join the Zoom Meeting use the following link and access codes:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87220889339?pwd=eTdBa2VaMm11NlJubE96L2QrOUJOdz09 Meeting ID: 872 2088 9339 Passcode: 751810 or Dial by phone 1-646-558-8656

 

Any person with a disability requiring special accommodation to attend this meeting should notify the City Administration 24 hours prior to the meeting date by contacting 570-654-0513.

 

Planning Commission Meeting August 24, 2020 5:30pm ZOOM

Notice of Planning Commission Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Pittston will conduct an online public hearing on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.  Use the following link to access online https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85969791966?pwd=dlBIeisvNVlaRk8xem16bzhUYW9Udz09

or Dial by phone  +1 646 558 8656.

Meeting ID: 859 8614 3940 Passcode: 230329

The Planning Commission will consider the following matter:

 

  1. Approval of Land Development Plan for 79 S Main St. PIN 72E11NE4002011000 submitted by the Greater Pittston Economic Development Corporation

 

  1. Consideration of Certification of Blight for the following properties as referred by the City of Pittston Blighted Property Board: 11-13 Wood St, 101 Maple Lane, 192-194 Mill St, 134 Rear Parsonage St, and 19 Rear Swallow St.

 

 

A copy of the application, plans and blight documents are available online at pittstoncity.org or by request by contacting Mary Kuna at 570-654-4601.  Please submit any questions or comments in writing to Mary Kuna at mkuna@pittstonrda.com or by mail 35 Broad St. Suite 202 Pittston, PA 18640 by Friday August 21st at 4pm. Anyone requiring special accommodations to attend the hearing should telephone the administrative offices at 570.654.4601 by 4pm on Thursday prior to the hearing date. The City of Pittston does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or family status on employment or the provision of services.

 

MEETING AGENDA

6.8.20 Meeting Minutes

FOR THE CITY OF PITTSTON PLANNING COMMISSION CONTACT:

 

Mary Kuna

Director of Planning

City of Pittston

Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) Sweep, Friday August 7th, 2020

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will continue inspections again this Friday, July 24th. The NAT will focus its efforts on VINE ST.

 

The City formed the NAT to address blight, property maintenance issues and quality of life in a concerted effort in the neighborhoods under the City and Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative. Members of the Code Enforcement, Police, Fire, EMS, Administration, Public Works Departments, and Office of Community Development comprise the NAT.

 

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 (except possibly habitual offenders). 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 Police enforce parking regulations and 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 City and its officials are mindful of the COVID pandemic and the limits it has placed on all of us and will be willing to work with everyone on any issue they may have in this respect. The importance is to communicate this to the appropriate officials if you are notified of a violation.

 

The NAT will be active throughout the summer and fall.

CITY OF PITTSTON CARES ACT FUNDING and MODIFICATION OF THE 2016 AND 2017 CDBG PROGRAM PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston will hold a public hearing on August 6, 2020 at 4 P.M. The Hearing will be held virtually. To join the Zoom Meeting please go to the following link:

Topic: CITY OF PITTSTON CARES ACT FUNDING and MODIFICATION OF THE 2016 AND 2017 CDBG PROGRAM PUBLIC HEARING
Time: Aug 6, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5704646171?pwd=WDB0QVRGak1tN2cvT2x4OWVKV0NWQT09

Meeting ID: 570 464 6171
Passcode: 981573

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

If you require special accommodations, please notify Joseph Chacke, Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston, at least 72 hours in advance at 570-654-4601 or jchacke@pittstonrda.com  or  TDD users 7-1-1 PA Telecommunications Relay Center.

 

The hearing for the CARES Act Community Development Block Grant (CV-CDBG) Program will provide an opportunity to citizens to comment on the proposed activities. Written comments on the proposed use of CDBG-CV funds will be accepted by the Pittston Redevelopment Authority until noon, August 14, 2020 and may be addressed to: the Redevelopment Authority at the above address. City Council will consider approval of the application at the regular Council meeting on August 19, 2020.

 

The Coronavirus Aid, relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), provides additional CDBG funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.  The funds may be used for CDBG eligible activities that meet one of the national objectives.

 

The City will receive an allocation of $193,732 in CDG-CV funds to be allocated as follows:

 

ACTIVITY                                                    AMOUNT                              NATIONAL OBJECTIVE

 

CPR Machine                                                  $34,000                                   Urgent Needs

Project will utilize CDBG-CV funds for the purchase of two Automated CPR Chest Compression Machines which will allow emergency responders to provide life saving support while protecting the patient and responder from personal contact which would results in aerosol-generating procedures.

 

Meals on Wheels                                             $20,000                                   LMC Limited Clientele

Project will provide funding for the expansion of services for Meals On Wheels. Meals on Wheels has also seen an increase in the need for food delivery for seniors and persons with disabilities due to the need for social distancing.

 

Rental Assistance                                            $ 104,861                                LMC Limited Clientele

Project will utilize CDBG-CV funds to provide short-term (no more than 3 months) of rental assistance to low to moderate income households who have had a reduction in hours or employment due to the coronavirus and are at risk of losing their housing as a result of non-payment of rent.

 

 

Administration                                                $34,871

Administration of federal programs including monitoring.                          

 

 

The City of Pittston also invites public input on a proposed modification to the Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 Community Development Block Grant Program.   Projects in the City funded in FY 2016 and 2017, have a small remaining balance of $10,388 that the City proposes to reallocate to construct curb cuts on sidewalks along Carroll Street, Grandview Drive, and Rear Tunnel Street. This project will be part of a larger street paving project, using Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Municipal Liquid Fuels funds.

 

All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and give oral testimony at the public hearing or present written comments with respect to the needs to be addressed with grant funds or to send written comments to the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, Attention Joseph Chacke at 35 Broad St. Pittston PA or jchacke@pittstonrda.com.

 

NAT Sweep Friday, July 24, 2020

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will continue inspections again this Friday, July 24th. The NAT will focus its efforts on NAFUS STREET, LANDON STREET, WINTER STREET and the surrounding areas.

 

The City formed the NAT to address blight, property maintenance issues and quality of life in a concerted effort in the neighborhoods under the City and Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative. Members of the Code Enforcement, Police, Fire, EMS, Administration, Public Works Departments, and Office of Community Development comprise the NAT.

 

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 (except possibly habitual offenders). 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 Police enforce parking regulations and 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 City and its officials are mindful of the COVID pandemic and the limits it has placed on all of us and will be willing to work with everyone on any issue they may have in this respect. The importance is to communicate this to the appropriate officials if you are notified of a violation.

 

The NAT will be active throughout the summer and fall.

NAT Sweep Scheduled July 17th New Street Area

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will continue inspections again this Friday, July 17th. The NAT will focus its efforts on NEW STREET and the surrounding areas.

 

The City formed the NAT to address blight, property maintenance issues and quality of life in a concerted effort in the neighborhoods under the City and Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative. Members of the Code Enforcement, Police, Fire, EMS, Administration, Public Works Departments, and Office of Community Development comprise the NAT.

 

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 (except possibly habitual offenders). 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 Police enforce parking regulations and 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 City and its officials are mindful of the COVID pandemic and the limits it has placed on all of us and will be willing to work with everyone on any issue they may have in this respect. The importance is to communicate this to the appropriate officials if you are notified of a violation.

 

The NAT will be active throughout the summer and fall.

Invitation to Bid Residential Property Rehabilitation 134 Parsonage St.

BID PACKET

 

Invitation to Bid

SEALED PROPOSALS will be received by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston, at their Administrative Offices located at 35 Broad St., Suite 202, Pittston, PA 18640, until 3:00 PM (prevailing time) on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at which time they will be opened and read aloud, for the rehabilitation of 134 Parsonage St., Pittston, PA 18640.

Bid Documents may be obtained by contacting Beckie Latona at 570-654-4601 or rlatona@pittstonrda.com. A Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held on Thursday, July 23th, 2020 at 10:00am on site at 134 Parsonage St.

Bid security shall be furnished in accordance with the instructions to Bidders.

Bidder must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, religion, color, handicap, national origin, age or sex.

The Redevelopment Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or familial status in employment or the provision of services.

The Redevelopment Authority is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

The Redevelopment Authority Reserves the Right to Wave Any Informality in Order to Reject Any Or All Bids.

 

 

Mary Kuna,

Deputy Executive Director

NAT Sweep Scheduled June 26, 2020

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will continue inspections again this Friday, June 26th. The NAT will focus its efforts on Lagrange Street and the surrounding areas.

 

The City formed the NAT to address blight, property maintenance issues and quality of life in a concerted effort in the neighborhoods under the City and Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative. Members of the Code Enforcement, Police, Fire, EMS, Administration, Public Works Departments, and Office of Community Development comprise the NAT.

 

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 (except possibly habitual offenders). 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 Police enforce parking regulations and 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 City and its officials are mindful of the COVID pandemic and the limits it has placed on all of us and will be willing to work with everyone on any issue they may have in this respect. The importance is to communicate this to the appropriate officials if you are notified of a violation.

 

The NAT will be active throughout the summer and fall.

CBDG 2020 and Cares Act Public Hearing

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

AND REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for the FY 2020 CDBG PROGRAM

And CARES ACT FUNDING

CITY OF PITTSTON

 

Notice is hereby given that the City of Pittston will hold a public hearing on June 30, 2020 at 4 P.M. The Hearing will be held virtually. To join the Zoom Meeting please go to the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89504079926?pwd=MmF1RUR1aGE2YktjMVpBOHBUWE5FZz09

 

Or Call in

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 895 0407 9926

Password: 029268

 

If you require special accommodations, please notify Joseph Chacke, Director of the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, at least 72 hours in advance at 570-654-4601 or jchacke@pittstonrda.com  or  TDD users 7-1-1 PA Telecommunications Relay Center.

 

The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in general, the needs of the community that can be met with CDBG funding, and performance under the previously funded CDBG program years and the Three-Year Community Development Plan.

 

The City of Pittston expects to receive an allocation of $304,821 in FY 2020 CDBG funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  At least 70% of the funds must be used to benefit low- and moderate-income persons.  The proposed activities must benefit at least 51% low-moderate income persons in a service area to qualify as an eligible project.   DCED will accept applications through October 28, 2020.

 

The following types of activities may be eligible for funding under the CDBG Program:  water and sewer line replacement and improvements; housing rehabilitation; construction or improvements to community facilities such as community centers, roads, sidewalks and recreational facilities; public services; removal of architectural barriers; code enforcement; economic development; acquisition of property in support of other activities; demolition; and general administration.

 

The Coronavirus Aid, relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), provides additional CDBG funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.  The funds may be used for CDBG eligible activities that meet one of the national objectives.  The City will receive an allocation of $193,732.

 

If activities undertaken with grant funds would result in the displacement of families or individuals, then the City’s Anti-Displacement and Relocation Policy would be in effect. Also, the City would be responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of using CDBG funds.

 

All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and give oral testimony at the public hearing or present written comments concerning the needs of the community, proposed CDBG activities, the prior use of funds and the CDBG program in general.  Proposals and comments may be submitted to the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, Attention Joseph Chacke at 35 Broad St. Pittston PA or jchacke@pittstonrda.com by October 1, 2020.

 

By order of the

City of Pittston

Michael Lombardo

Mayor

NAT Sweep Scheduled June 19th, 2020

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will begin inspections again this Friday, June 19. The NAT will focus its efforts in the vicinity of Webster, Dinniny, Division Streets and Washington Terrace.

 

The City formed the NAT to address blight, property maintenance issues and quality of life in a concerted effort in the neighborhoods under the City and Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Housing Initiative. Members of the Code Enforcement, Police, Fire, EMS, Administration, Public Works Departments, and Office of Community Development comprise the NAT.

 

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 (except possibly habitual offenders). 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 Police enforce parking regulations and 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 City and its officials are mindful of the COVID pandemic and the limits it has placed on all of us and will be willing to work with everyone on any issue they may have in this respect. The importance is to communicate this to the appropriate officials if you are notified of a violation.

 

The NAT will be active throughout the summer and fall.

City of Pittston Civil Service Commission Meeting June 4th, 2020 9AM Online

Public Meeting Notice

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Pittston Civil Service Commission shall convene an online meeting via Zoom on Thursday June 4, 2020 at 9:00am.

To join the Zoom Meeting use the following link and access codes: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83715994062?pwd=MFEwU0tQOU9oaW1YM0xyUGIvK3hUZz09

Meeting ID: 837 1599 4062

Password: 277307 or call 1-312-626-6799 to access by phone

Any person with a disability requiring special accommodation to attend this meeting should notify the City Administration 24 hours prior to the meeting date by contacting 570-654-0513.

 

 

City of Pittston Planning Commission Meeting Monday June 8th 2020 at 5:30 p.m Online

Notice of Planning Commission Meeting

 

 

 

Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Pittston will conduct an online public hearing on Monday June 8th 2020 at 5:30 p.m., via Zoom.  Use the following link to access online

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85969791966?pwd=dlBIeisvNVlaRk8xem16bzhUYW9Udz09

or by calling 1-301-715-8592 to access by phone. Meeting ID: 859 6979 1966 Password: 068882

 

The Planning Commission will consider the following matter:

 

  1. Subdivision of parcel 72-E11NE3-012-180 owned by Laura McHugh to be conveyed to UGI and combined with Parcels 72-E11NE2-012-018, 72-E11NE3-012-18C, and 72-E11NE3-012-18B.
    PLAN AVAILABLE HERE 

 

 

A copy of the application and plans are available online at pittstoncity.org or by request by contacting Mary Kuna at 570-654-4601.  Please submit any questions or comments in writing to Mary Kuna at mkuna@pittstonrda.com or by mail 35 Broad St. Suite 202 Pittston, PA 18640 by Friday June 5th at 4pm. Anyone requiring special accommodations to attend the hearing should telephone the administrative offices at 570.654.4601 by 4pm on Thursday prior to the hearing date. The City of Pittston does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or family status on employment or the provision of services.

 

 

 

FOR THE CITY OF PITTSTON PLANNING COMMISSION CONTACT:

 

Mary Kuna

Director of Planning

City of Pittston

Notice of Zoning Hearing, Monday May 18th, 2020, 3:00 pm,Online

Notice of Zoning Hearing

Notice is hereby given that the Zoning Hearing Board of the City of Pittston will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 18th, 2020, at 3:00 pm, the hearing will take place online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84534014957?pwd=OXlnSmlYYWczUS8vM3czMjJZTEZ6UT09 Meeting ID: 845 3401 4957 Password: 678365 to consider the following matter:

1. Request of Verlean Winslow for a property at 21 George Street for a variance from TABLE 480.43 lot width requirements.
2. Request of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston for a property at 79 S Main Street. A variance request for relief of Article XIII 480.49 building height, 480.55 design standards, subsections i-ii-iii-iv-v.

Copies of the applications for zoning permits and hearings are available by contacting the administrative office at 570.654.0513 or by emailing code@cityofpittston.org.

All written comments or questions will be accepted until Friday, May 15, 2020, at 4:00pm and may be e-mailed to code@cityofpittston.org.

Anyone requiring special accommodations to attend the hearing should telephone the administrative offices at 570.654.0513 by 4pm on Friday prior to the hearing date. The City of Pittston does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or family status on employment or the provision of services.

FOR THE CITY OF PITTSTON ZONING HEARING BOARD:
Harry Smith Zoning Officer City of Pittston

2020 Pittston Farmer’s Market Accepting Vendor Applications

The 2020 Farmer’s Market begins Tuesday, July 7th and will be held every Tuesday until November 24th  from  9:00am  to 2:00pm.  We are currently accepting vendor applications to participate.

Please complete this form and return with the necessary proof of insurances and health certificates, if applicable, by June 18, 2020 to Pittston City Farmers Market c/o Downtown Pittston Partnership, 71 South Main Street, Pittston, Pa 18640.

2020 Farmer’s Market Vendor Application