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L & I commish hears complaints

Ralph DiPietro, action commissioner of the city Department of Licenses and Inspections, talks with people after the Take Back Your Neighborhood meeting.

Take Back Your Neighborhood met Monday at Max Myers Playground, with civic association head Robert Rudnitsky outlining his call for a landlord accountability program.

Rudnitsky is pushing an effort that would require property managers to undergo training.

The city, he believes, should hire quality-of-life officers to hand out tickets that carry fines.

In addition, he proposes the city Department of Licenses and Inspections issue stickers, with expiration dates, for rental properties. A single-family home would have one sticker, a duplex would have two and a triplex three. Rudnitsky said municipalities with similar programs include Scranton, Collingdale and Brigantine.

Under the accountability program, neighbors would be encouraged to report violations and would be paid $25 for each complaint found to be valid.

In attendance was Ralph DiPietro, acting commissioner of L&I. DiPietro did not address the crowd, but stayed afterward to speak to people.

Mark Mroz, community relations officer in the 2nd Police District, dropped off fliers asking for anonymous crime tips to 215-686-TIPS or tips@phillypolice.com.

Also in attendance were aides to City Councilman Bobby Henon, Councilwomen Maria Quinones Sanchez and Cherelle Parker, state Rep. Jared Solomon and state Sen. Tina Tartaglione.

In other news, the Max Myers swimming pool is expected to open July 1. ••

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