Dallas Twp. transient licensing, rentals discussed
September 03. 2013 11:59PM
SUSAN DENNEY Times Leader correspondent
DALLAS TWP. — Carl Alber, township zoning officer, discussed transient licensing with the supervisors at their September work meeting Tuesday night.
Alber wants to change an existing ordinance that requires registration and a license of those wishing to sell door-to-door within the township. He wanted the registration process to include criminal background checks.
Alber said he wanted to request three types of background checks on those who sell in the township. He said the $38 cost of the state police, FBI and the Department of Public Welfare background checks should be paid by those who apply to the township for licensing.
Township solicitor Thomas Brennan said he needed to know what changes would be required and that he would like to get the revised ordinance ready for the next meeting.
Alber also wanted to address problems with rental housing in the township by requiring inspections of rental properties.
Board Vice Chairwoman Liz Martin agreed that the increase in the number of township homes used as rental properties has created problems. She said the township had received complaints about college students parking illegally and crossing over people’s property in residential neighborhoods.
Brennan advised Alber that house inspections would be too time-consuming. “We don’t have the manpower,” he said.
Brennan suggested Alber address the rental problem by listening to those who complained and by enforcing a present ordinance that allows no more than four unrelated residents to live in a rental property.
Also, supervisors discussed a letter from PennDOT about weight restrictions on township bridges. Supervisors instructed Roadmaster Martin Barry to contact the state about having bridge inspections.
The township will be responsible for posting weight limit signs on any bridges that cannot support heavy truck traffic.
The next supervisors meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.