Erie News Now has more on a proposed Quality of Life Ticketing Program in Erie.

It would give leverage to the city, in its fight against blight, and other issues facing city residents.

As it stands now, the city doesn't have much teeth to enforce code violations that cause blight like tall grass, garbage, and other quality of life issues, but a new ordinance could change that.
 

Many people walking or driving along Myrtle street, near 7th street, can't miss seeing a massive pile of garbage outside of an apartment home.

Instead of renting a dumpster, the landlord put mounds of trash at the curb for the city's one large item pickup, but that much garbage violates city ordinance.

So the city has to issue an "order to correct," then, if the property owner does not clean it up, they'll go to court. Which will all take months as the trash accumulates, smells, and attracts rodents. The city will likely have to clean it up themselves.

But the proposed Quality of Life Ticketing ordinance could be a game changer for the city, allowing them to almost immediately cite homeowners if they refuse to correct a violation in a timely manner.

The ordinance would give the property owner a warning and a specific amount of time to fix the issue.

City Councilman Bob Merski has been in support of quality of life ticketing for several years, "We obviously want people to comply because it's the right thing to do, but we also know that there's some people who refuse to comply unless there's a consequence attached, and so it gives the city more leverage to issue an immediate consequence, verses going through the court system," said Merski.

Merski says the program is based on similar ordinances in other Pennsylvania municipalities, where it has proven to be successful.

The ordinance is drafted and is now being reviewed by the city solicitor, and will have to be approved by city council and the mayor.