Council to Discuss Revoking 'Three Strikes' Ordinance Tonight
An ordinance designed to revoke the rental licenses of landlords whose tenants engage in repeated "disorderly conduct or other activities that disturb or threaten the neighborhood" is reportedly under attack by the ACLU.
Norristown Municipal Council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall, 235 E. Airy Street, and among the topics on tonight's agenda is a discussion of revoking Norristown's "Three Strikes Ordinance."
The ordinance was designed to give the municipality an avenue for dealing with landlords whose tenants are considered repeat offenders by police when it comes to disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and other illegal behavior. The ordinance would require a landlord of a targeted property to develop a plan of action and could eventually result in a hearing at which the revocation of the rental license would be considered.
According to Municipal Manager Dave Forrest, the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the municipality arguing the ordinance denied landlords and tenants due process and threatening legal action. Council will discuss the matter at tonight's meeting. [Read more about the ordinance here.]
Also on the agenda are contract awards for zoning permit software, the Norris Hose HVAC Improvement Project and the Arts Streetscape Phase II. Council will also consider zoning appeals, hear an updated Weed & Seed report, and discuss several neighborhood parking matters.
You can download the full agenda for tonight's meeting in our PDF section and check back at 7:30 p.m. for a live stream of the meeting.