2021 Police Civil Service Examinations

CITY OF PITTSTON

Civil Service Examinations

Entry-Level

Police Officer  

The Civil Service Commission for the City of Pittston is now accepting applications to take the civil service examination for Entry-Level Police Officer in the Police Department. Applications may be obtained from the City Administrator’s Office at Pittston City Hall, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640 or online at www.pittstoncity.org. If you would like an application mailed to you, please contact 570-654-4601 ext. 245. Applications and required documentation along with a non-refundable processing fee of fifty ($50) dollars, check or money order made payable to the City of Pittston must be submitted by mail or in person at the City Administrator’s Office.

Submission deadline is Thursday, August 12th at 4:00pm.  Qualified applicants will be invited to test on Saturday August 28, 2021.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Entry-Level Police Officer

  1. Applicants must be 21 years of age.
  2. Must possess a high school diploma or GED from an accredited institution.
  3. Must have successfully completed Act 120 training and be able to provide M.P.O.E.T.C. certification.
  4. Must be a Citizen of the United States of America.
  5. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to maintain a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  6. Must maintain a residence not more than ten (10) miles from the City’s boundaries by the date they begin work.
  7. Must be able to perform all the essential functions of the job being applied for, with or without reasonable accommodation.

The City of Pittston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2021 Police Application

2021 Firefighter Civil Service Examinations

CITY OF PITTSTON

Civil Service Examinations

Entry-Level

Firefighter in the Bureau of Fire

The Civil Service Commission for the City of Pittston is now accepting applications to take the civil service examination for Entry-Level Firefighter in the Bureau of Fire. Applications may be obtained from the City Administrator’s Office at Pittston City Hall, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640 or online at www.pittstoncity.org. Application can be downloaded below. If you would like an application mailed to you, please contact 570-654-4601 ext. 245. Applications and required documentation along with a non-refundable processing fee of fifty ($50) dollars, check or money order made payable to the City of Pittston must be submitted by mail or in person at the City Administrator’s Office.

Submission deadline is Thursday, August 12th at 4:00pm.  Qualified applicants will be invited to test on Saturday August 28, 2021.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Entry-Level Firefighter

  1. Applicants must be 21 years of age.
  2. Must possess a high school diploma or GED from an accredited institution.
  3. Must be EMT and Firefighter I certified.
  4. Must be a Citizen of the United States of America.
  5. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to maintain a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  6. Must be able to perform all the essential functions of the job being applied for, with or without reasonable accommodation.

The City of Pittston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

2021 Firefighter Application

NOTICE of FAIR HOUSING OFFICER and COMPLAINT PROCESS for City of Pittston

This notice will serve to advise all residents of City of Pittston and all municipalities therein that the following actions, if based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, familial status (families with children), or handicap (disability) is prohibited by Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Federal Fair Housing Act) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act adds the additional protected classes of age, ancestry and use of guide or support animals because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals are considered discriminatory:

  • Refusing to sell or rent to, deal or negotiate with any person.
  • Discriminating on terms or conditions for buying or renting housing.
  • Discriminating by advertising that housing is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, handicap (disability), age, ancestry or with no animals.
  • Denying that housing is available for inspection, sale or rent when it really is available.
  • Blockbusting-for profit, persuading owners to sell or rent housing by telling them that minority groups are moving into the neighborhood.
  • Denying or making different terms or conditions for home loans by financial institutions.
  • Denying to anyone the use or participation in any real estate services, multiple listing services or other facilities related to the selling and renting of housing.If you’re a person with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please contact the below Fair Housing Officer/Agency.

If you’re a person with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please contact the below Fair Housing Officer/Agency.

If you’re Limited English Proficient and require a document translation, please contact the below Fair Housing Officer/Agency.

All residents are hereby notified, that any complaints regarding a discriminatory action under one of the above conditions may be filed with the:

 

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Harrisburg Regional Office
333 Market Street, 8th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2210
(717) 787-9780
(717) 787-7279 TTY users

And

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

FHEO/Regional III Office Mid-Atlantic Office

100 Penn Square East, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 861-7643
Fax: (215) 656-3449
TTY: (800) 927-9275

 

 

Bids Requested – Contractors for Home Rehab Project in Pittston

The Redevelopment Authority is accepting contractor bids on a home rehab project in Pittston. Please see below scope of work documents and reach out to Shannon at sbonacci@pittstonrda.com or 570-654-4601 ext 237 to request a full bid packet. Arrangements can be made to do a site visit to the home to prepare your bid.

Work includes:

  • Replacing 2 large double hung windows – bar room
  • Replacing 4 double hung windows – bedroom 1
  • Replacing 3 double hung windows – bedroom 2
  • Replacing 2 double hung windows  — bedroom 3
  • Replacing 1 double hung window – bathroom
  • Installing GFCIs in kitchen
  • Installing GFCIs in 2nd floor bathroom
  • Installing GFCI protected receptacle in 1st floor bathroom
  • Installing wall sconces in 1st floor bathroom (just install, owner has fixtures)
  • Replace 150,000 btu boiler
  • Install smoke alarms in bedrooms
  • Lead based paint stabilization as outlined in the lead inspection report

Environmental Review Home Program

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW & NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

DATE OF NOTICE:                         June 5, 2021

RESPONSIBLE ENTITY:               City of Pittston

ADDRESS:                                         City Hall, 35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640

TELEPHONE:                                   570-654-4601

 

On or about June 14, 2021 the City of Pittston will request that the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development (DCED) release federal HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds under Section 228 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA) to undertake the below projects:

 

Tier 1 Broad Review Project/Program Title: Housing Rehabilitation Program, Citywide, Multi-Year (2020-2024).

Purpose: Homeowner rehab

Location: Within the City of Pittston, specific addresses will be assessed in the site-specific reviews.

Project/Program Description: Rehabilitation will include but not be limited to window/door removal and replacement, replacement of flooring, removal/replacement of roof components and gutters, improvements to HVAC systems, improvements to electrical and plumbing systems, improvements to kitchen areas including removal/replacement of cabinets and appliances, implementation of lead-based paint hazard controls and/or other environmental hazard remediation/mitigation measures,  improvements to bathrooms including removal/replacement of tubs, sinks, vanities and toilets as well as ADA improvements, improvements to interior walls including new sheetrock and painting, exterior improvements including the installation of vinyl siding and painting, porch improvements and sidewalk/walkway improvement, as well as other similar general housing improvement work. Program rehabilitation activities will not increase density beyond four units, change the land use, or increase a building footprint in a floodplain or wetland.  Tier 2 site specific reviews will be completed for those laws and authorities not addressed in the tier 1 broad review for each address under this program when addresses become known.

Level of Environmental Review Citation: 24 CFR Part 58.5(a)(3)(i)

Tier 2 Site Specific Review: The site-specific reviews will cover the following laws and authorities not addressed in the Tier 1 broad review:  Contamination and Toxic Substances, Historic Preservation, Noise and Environmental Justice.

Mitigation Measures/Conditions/Permits (if any): not applicable

Estimated Project Cost: Estimated DCED funding: $400,000 (FY20 $300,000 HOME; FY21 $25,000 CDBG; FY22 $25,000 CDBG, FY23 $25,000 CDBG; FY24 $25,000 CDBG)

 

The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements per 24 CFR 58.35(a).  An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the City of Pittston’s website at https://www.pittstoncity.org/pittston-city-departments/office-of-community-development/.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Joseph Chacke at  35 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640 or jchacke@pittstonrda.com.  All comments received by June 13, 2021 will be considered by the City prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

 

The City certifies to DCED that Michael Lombardo, in his capacity as Mayor, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. DCED’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City to use HOME Program funds.

 

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

 

DCED will accept objections to its release of fund and the City of Pittston’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the name of the City of Pittston; (b) the City of Pittston has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by DCED; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.  Objections must be prepared and in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the Department of Community and Economic Development at: chrhowe@pa.gov. Potential objectors should contact DCED to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW: Tier ERR HOME Housing Rehab

 

 

Michael Lombardo, Mayor

Request For Proposal – Developers Needed for Home Rehabilitation

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston is inviting development teams (or a
developer) with experience in single family home rehabilitation to submit proposals for
the Rehabilitation Toward Homeownership for 65-67 ½ Parsonage Street, Pittston,
Pennsylvania (72-E11NE2-024-005-000).

All proposals for this project are due by 12:00Noon on Friday, July 16th 2021. 

For extensive information on this project and it’s requirements, please view the formal Request for Proposals below.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS-67.5 PARSONAGE

NAT Sweeps Scheduled to continue for Summer 2021

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will continue inspections again this Summer.

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 at 570.654.0513 extension 221 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 is 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.

Notice of Public Hearing – CARES Act Funding Modification

Notice is hereby given that the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston will hold a public hearing on May 17, 2021 at 4 P.M. The Hearing will be held virtually. To join the Zoom Meeting please go to the following link:

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Or Call in +16465588656

Meeting ID: 829 1895 7216

Password: 693633

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 modification to the CDBG CV activities. The Coronavirus Aid, relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), provides additional CDBG funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. With the availability of food donations from multiple sources and an immediate need for food storage, the City will use the CDBG-CV funds ($20,000) previously allocated for a food donation to Meals on Wheels, and some funding from Foreclosure Prevention ($3,532) to provide funding for a walk-in freezer with installation costs so that Meals on Wheels can safely store food supplies to respond to the pandemic. The modified funding now includes $23,532 to Meals on Wheels instead of the previous $20,000. A copy of the modification is available for public review and comment from May 10, 2021 through May 18, 2021 on the City’s website: https://www.pittstoncity.org/

Written comments on the proposed modification of the use of CDBG-CV funds will be accepted by the Pittston Redevelopment Authority until 4 p.m. on May 18, 2021 and may be addressed to: Redevelopment Authority at the above address or email jchacke@pittstonrda.com  City Council will consider approval of the application at the regular Council meeting on May 19, 2021.

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

By order of the
City of Pittston

Michael Lombardo
Mayor

Notice of Public Hearing for the FY2021 CDBG PROGRAM and CDBG-CV FUNDING

Notice is hereby given by that City of Pittston will hold a public hearing on May 5, 2021 at 4:00 P.M. The hearing will be held virtually. To join the Zoom Meeting please go to the following link:

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Meeting ID: 811 8762 3676
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If you require special accommodations, please notify Joseph Chacke, Director of the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, at least 72 hours in advance to 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 hearing will also discuss the use of the CDBG CV funds allocated to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.

The City of Pittston expects to receive an allocation of approximately $304,500 in FY 2021 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 the service area to qualify as an eligible project.  The application submission deadline to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has not yet been announced but we assume it will be early November 2021.

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.

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.  The City would be responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of the use of CDBG funds.

In addition, the City may also receive additional allocation(s) of CDBG-CV funding authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) of 2020. The City of Pittston will discuss unmet needs in the City and potential uses of CDBG-CV funding to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus. CDBG Program regulations apply.

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, CDBG-CV Program, the prior use of funds, as well as the CDBG program in general.  Comments may be submitted by September 30, 2021 to the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, Attention Joseph Chacke at 35 Broad St. Pittston PA or jchacke@pittston.com.

By order of the City of Pittston

Michael Lombardo

City Begins Panama Street Infrastructure Project

A city contractor (RLE Enterprises)  has begun work on a large infrastructure project on Panama Street.  This project consists of the replacement of a more than 150 year old underground stone sewer culvert.   This old culvert is in poor condition and has been failing for a number of years.  The nearly one million dollar project will include replacement of the stone culvert with modern plastic sewer pipe; installation of new modern manholes and street drains, new curbing and sidewalks; and repaving of the roadway.  There will also be an upgrade of the water main on part of the street by the PA American Water Company.  Also included in the project is installation of street drains and repaving of Quinnan’s Alley, a small roadway connecting Parsonage Street and upper Panama Street.

Work on Panama Street began in December 2020 and is expected to continue until September 2021.  Residents and motorists should use caution when traveling on Panama Street when the contractor is working and should be cautious of areas of disrupted pavement until the work is completed. There will also be periodic parking and traffic flow restrictions.  Please follow all posted signage in this regard.

This project is being funded from a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant awarded to the city in a competitive application processs; Federal Community Development Block Grant Funds administered by the City of Pittston Redevelopment Authority; and by the City of Pittston Sewer Maintenance Fund which is funded through the city’s annual sewer maintenance fee.   The project is being administered by the City of Pittston Department of Administration; the Pittston City Department of Streets and Sanitation and the Pittston City Engineer, Reilly Associates.   Please direct any questions to Pittston City Hall.

City of Pittston Mortgage Assistance Program -To Aid in Foreclosure Prevention

The purpose of the City of Pittston Mortgage Assistance Program is to assist low to moderate income households experiencing difficulty making mortgage payments due to impacts from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Pittston received Community Development Block Grants (CDBG-CV) funds through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Assistance will be granted based on the program guidelines, eligibility, and on a first-come, first-qualified, first-served basis to eligible applicants. Please click here to see program guidelines and submit the pre-application today

NAT Sweep Scheduled Friday September 25th Carroll and Mill Streets

The City’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) will continue inspections again this Friday September 25th, 2020. The NAT will focus its efforts on CARROLL AND MILL 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.

2020 CDBG Public Hearing October 4, 2020 4PM via ZOOM

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CITY OF PITTSTON

2020 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

 

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

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 873 4571 5755

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This meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities and/or persons with Limited English Proficiency. If you wish to attend and 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 hearing for the 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program will provide an opportunity to citizens to comment on the proposed activities. Written comments on the proposed use of FY 2020 CDBG funds will be accepted by the Pittston Redevelopment Authority until noon, October 13, 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 October 15, 2020.

 

The City expects to receive $304,821 in CDBG funds to be allocated as follows:

 

ACTIVITY AMOUNT NATIONAL OBJECTIVE

 

Rehabilitation at Lincoln Heights Senior Apartments $150,000 Low-Mod Housing
Housing Rehabilitation $25,000.00 Low-Mod Housing
Acquisition to remove blight   $74,954 Blight elimination
Program Administration $54,867
 

TOTAL USE OF FUNDS

 

$304,821

 

Persons who have an interest in historic resources may also make themselves known and review and comment on proposed activities. Persons who make themselves known will receive future notices regarding program activities and their potential impact on historic resources.

 

All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing and make known their views with respect to the needs to be addressed with grant funds or to send written comments to the Mr. Joseph Chacke, City Hall, 35 Broad Street, Pittston, PA 18640, Phone: 570-654-4601 (TDD Users: PA Relay Center 7-1-1).

 

 

BY ORDER OF THE CITY OF PITTSTON

Michael Lombardo, Mayor  

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