NORTH SEWICKLEY TWP. Despite a lengthy discussion at their meeting Tuesday concerning an alternative to a proposed nuisance ordinance, the North Sewickley Township Supervisors failed to take action on the measure.
Norman Giancola, supervisors chairman, who was returning after a two-month absence because of a medical condition, had township solicitor Phillip L. Clark Jr. formulate a two-page ordinance that Giancola said would give the police department a more effective way to enforce ordinances that are already in the books.
Supervisor Philip Dent disagreed with that idea and criticized Giancola for trying to get a new ordinance advertised before supervisors had time to discuss it. Dent said he hadnt even seen the new ordinance before Tuesdays meeting.
Also entering the discussion was Emmett Santillo, a Riverside School Board member and chairman of a citizens group that township supervisors appointed in February to offer suggestions on amending a proposed 12-page nuisance ordinance. Santillo asked whether the citizens groups recommendations of codifying the townships ordinances and including enforcement procedures were included in the new proposed ordinance.
Giancola said that they were not, adding that he wanted to have the new ordinance as an interim measure while waiting for fires to cool concerning the nuisance ordinance.
A number of residents have voiced opposition to the proposed nuisance ordinance since it was proposed in February.
Santillo accused Giancola of not communicating with his fellow supervisors. Santillo also said that drawing up the newest ordinance cost the taxpayers money in the way of attorneys fees.
Santillo also referenced another action taken by the board earlier in the meeting: signing of a supervisors policy statement that has among its sections that all agenda items be forwarded to the secretary by the Thursday prior to the meeting to be included on the agenda, and that any expenses of more than $50 be approved by a majority of the supervisors (referring to the attorneys fees).
Santillo said the public should also have had a chance to see the new proposed ordinance, and Giancola and Supervisor Linda Brown said that is why the ordinance is advertised before it is adopted
Dent said the new ordinance came out of nowhere. He said that the new proposed ordinance is too general and that those who would have to uphold it (police) would have to guess what other ordinance the new ordinance is referencing.
Dent also said that the new ordinance is a rehashing of the last two pages of the proposed nuisance ordinance that has been rejected thus far.
Giancola also had a side conversation with Bryan Landman, police chief, concerning the proposed ordinance. Landman said he would examine it and make recommendations.
Before supervisors could take a vote on advertising the new ordinance, Giancola moved on to the next item on the meeting agenda.
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