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WB Council meets Thursday on rental ordinance

Draft legislation can be viewed online

August 22. 2013 8:52AM

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WILKES-BARRE — City Council will meet in special session at 6 p.m. Thursday for a second reading of a proposed “one-strike” ordinance that would target problem rental properties. The ordinance, which sets a “one-strike” limit for landlords or tenants who know of gun and drug crimes committed on the property, passed first reading on Aug. 12.

A second reading is required before the legislation can take effect. The second reading initially was expected to take place at council’s Sept. 12 meeting, but council’s meeting will speed up the process.

Mayor Tom Leighton proposed the plan as a means of penalizing problem properties, their owners and occupants by shutting down the places for six months to aid in the fight against the “poison” of drugs in the city’s neighborhoods.

Readers can view the proposed legislation online at

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