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Tackling bad neighbors and problem properties

Councilman Bobby Henon (D-6th dist) said he’s tired of bad neighbors ruining the quality of life in River Wards neighborhoods.

That’s why he recently announced the creation of a district “Problem Properties Advisory Council” (PPAC) in the city’s 6th councilmanic district. Its first meeting was Wednesday night at Edgemont Caterers in Bridesburg.

The 6th district represents a swath of Northeast Philly including the River Wards of Port Richmond and Bridesburg. River Wards neighbors appointed to PPAC are Theresa Costello of Port Richmond and Harry Engasser and Joe Slabinski of Bridesburg.

PPAC’s first meeting also invited L&I, CLIP, the Police Department and the District Attorney’s office. The group will meet monthly to discuss neighbor-selected problem properties, such as: properties with hazardous structural conditions, those managed by delinquent or uncooperative landlords, or properties overrun with trash, debris or graffiti.

Henon has also issued subpoenas to the so-called “Northeast’s worst neighbors” to compel them to attend “Bobby’s Bad Neighbor Hearing.”

That hearing will join the committees of Public Safety and L&I on Nov. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Bernard’s School Hall, 4427 Aldine St. In his announcement of the hearing, Henon said its purpose is to allow those neighbors to answer neighbors’ questions about their impact on the neighborhoods.

The councilman invites neighbors to attend the meeting and bring attention to problems with the quality of life on their blocks.

To submit a “bad neighbor” complaint online or to download Henon’s problem property mobile app, visit http://www.bobbyhenon.com/blog-general/95-bobbys-bad-neighbor-hearing.

Managing Editor Mikala Jamison can be reached at 215–354–3113 or at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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