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Marlborough Officials to Vote on Property Maintenance Code Repeal
Written by Jennifer Butler Kirkwood Correspondent

                Marlborough Township supervisors voted unanimously July 9 to advertise an ordinance that would repeal the township's previous adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC).

                The IPMC sets maintenance standards for property premises and structures within the township. Since its adoption by township officials in December 2012, the IPMC has been opposed by several residents as too restrictive. Supervisor Chairman Brian Doremus reported last month that the code has not yet been enforced by the township.

                Supervisors will discuss the ordinance during their next regular board meeting Aug. 13 before voting on the repeal. Doremus added that there will also be an opportunity for public comment.

                In other business, Road Master Bud Carter reported that the project to repair portions of Hiffletrayer Road ran under budget by more than $22,000. The board unanimously approved use of those funds along with some general fund monies to complete unbudgeted repairs on Miller Road. According to Township Manager Eleanor Sadorf, the project came in so far under-budget because Carter was conservative in his pricing during the budget process last year, following fluctuating blacktop costs. She added that Carter generally estimates costs high in his pricing to make sure there are enough funds to cover the cost of a job.

                The board also agreed to hold off on plans to repair the roof of the township building. Carter and Supervisor Bill Jacobs inspected the existing roof and reported that repairs are not immediately required, even though the cost of repairs was included in the current budget. Carter cautioned, however, that the township must make sure funds are available when the need arises.

                "My concern is that the way we budget around here is very tight," Carter said. "Thirty-thousand dollars is a lot of money that we won't have one day when the roof goes bad."

                Supervisors voted unanimously to create a building fund with the 2015 budget to ensure the money will be available when needed. Township Manager Eleanor Sadorf suggested that the board consider additional contributions to the fund for future building maintenance needs. Doremus asked Sadorf to remind the board to discuss the matter further during budget development, noting that other items may come up in the next few years that need repairs.

                "We're doing much better with our budgeting these last couple of years," Doremus said. "I am in favor of banking that money."

Finally, Sadorf announced that the work session scheduled for July 28 has been cancelled due to lack of agenda items.





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