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Enforcement of noise ordinance is difficult


Complaints of noise from student rentals once again dominated discussion at Wednesday’s White Township Supervisors meeting. This time complaints were not about the new Grove Apartments on Acorn Street, but about student rental houses on Maple Street and Grandview Avenue, near South 6th Street just across the boundary from Indiana Borough.


The problem fort the township is that while it does have a noise ordinance, the state police cannot enforce it. Only the code enforcement officer can and he must have the evidence. Assistant Township Manager Chris Anderson drove through the area on Friday and admitted that it was intimidating to drive through the students.  Lady said the new course of action is to go above rental managers and connect with the owners of the properties.

Township Solicitor Michael Delaney said the best course of action would be to file a private injunction. This would not only hold landlords liable, but tenants as well. Delaney said “The Court of Common Pleas is the biggest hammer you can use.”


In other news, trick-or-treating in the township will be on October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Leaf pickup will be the five Mondays from October 28 to November 25. Biodegradable paper bags are required and can be purchased from local stores.


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