Administration Does the Job of City Council and Finally Moves Forward with Housing Inspection Overhaul

The Douglas H. Palmer administration plans on presenting a comprehensive overhaul of the city’s housing and inspections system, according to statements made at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, to which every council member but James Coston and Milford Bethea were late.

The administration announcement came after Councilman Coston, seemingly fed up with the council’s year-long delay on new legislation, handed out copies of an ordinance changing the city’s inspection codes.

Beginning a discussion of the ordinance, Council President Paul Pintella said it could not move forward until there was an examination of what the changes would cost the administration and departments involved with housing inspection.

“I’m less concerned with the costs for the administration than the current cost to residents,” replied Mr. Coston. “Slumlords are an issue, and we have yet to address that.”

Currently, a high percentage of Trenton’s housing stock is renter-occupied, with many landlords frequently making maximum profits off their tenants without investing money into the upkeep of the structures.

This process is exacerbated by the fact that housing inspections only take place every five years, instead of annually as Mr. Coston’s revisions would have stipulated.

Mr. Pintella said he wanted to move ahead with an update of the housing code, except he was simply waiting to approve the schedule of meetings for the 2007-2008 City Council year.

The validity of this excuse has yet to have been established by Trenton Makes logic scientists.

According to Mr. Coston’s Web site, Mr. Coston had presented this revision to the City Council before, during the WINTER of 2006. The administration then said they would put together the comprehensive overhaul of the inspections department that they have now promised again during June 19’s meeting.

Apparently the presentation has been ready, and Council President Pintella simply needed to schedule it, Mr. Coston’s Web site said.

It has taken this additional amount of time to perform the simple task of scheduling the presentation.

This creates a situation where it has taken a good portion of an entire YEAR for the City Council and the Palmer administration to come up with legislation that Mr. Coston came up with, by himself, many months ago.

Ending the discussion, Chief of Staff Renee Haynes told the Council that the administration would present their plans during the July City Council meeting.

In between Mr. Coston’s first introduction of his revisions to the inspection code, and the July 2007 meeting of City Council at which the presentation will take place, numerous properties have probably been damaged or destroyed because the greed of slum landlords operating within the city of Trenton.


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  1. loslonelygirl

    First let me say that Mr. Pintella’s properties invested while under the watch full eyes of Mr. Doug Palmer are below code.
    As to Chapter 38: Brush,Grass and Weeds.
    This property is a forest of weeds that are knee high of which are coming from the cracks in the public sidewalk. A common alley way with garbage that has begun to send out it’s own uniform SOS’s. Formerly known as the Village Bar on Genesee Street.
    If indeed he is the owner of that property, as his name appeared on the orginial sign. Then he himself is guilty of violating a code under The City of Trenton. I have taken a video of the property of Mr. Pintella’s at the above location. Shall someone explain to him that he is and shall be subject to any fines that the City of Trenton would to others? Oh that’s right, slum lords are not liable for anything other than collecting rent, making a profit and then high tailing it out of the City for the rest of us to clean up. Clean up your own act Mr. Pintella. Because the buildings that you may have purchased through the City of Trenton has no current occupants, does not render you not liable for the up keep of these properties? I shall be digging my feet further into the sand on this topic my friend you can bet on that. Thank you fellow taxpayer for the enlightening of what once was lost is now FOUND. Inspections overhaul should be ashamed of themselves. Period.

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