The Kennett Township Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance regulating rental properties at their monthly meeting May 21.
The ordinance allows township officials to inspect rental properties in the municipality every year to make sure the properties meet all its codes and are safe to live in. The township also plans to adopt a resolution that would create a fee of $100 for each inspection.
In response to a question, Township Manager Lisa Moore said the township does not have the authority, under state codes, to inspect non-rental units.
Scudder Stevens, chairman of the board of supervisors, said the ordinance would not reduce the number of rental units available in the township, and would ensure that those that are available meet township codes for safety and health standards.
Moore said in the past there were situations in which renters complained about substandard living conditions and the township had no regulations it could use to address the situation.
The ordinance passed unanimously.
In other business, Moore reported that property violations against Stephens Garden Creations had been filed in court. A fire at the garden business had rendered its building unusable and the township had asked the owner to demolish it. Moore said the owner has begun to clean up the property.
Moore also said the township has swept up all the loose stone used during last winterís snowstorms. Patching of cracks and potholes is still being done, she said, along with yard repairs where snowplows damaged lawns and other property.
Weather continues to vex residents, she said, with spring rains causing floods, washouts and tree damage.
Chester Water is working to install a new water main on Woodview Drive in the Bayard Estates development, Moore said, which will extend along Rosedale Road to McFarlan Road.
The township is still milling the considerable amount of yard waste created this winter, and is investigating options to curtail the dumping of trash and building debris.
The township has advertised for a new full-time zoning officer, Moore said. She said the position would pay from $60,000 to $65,000 and, including benefits, would be a budget item of about $80,000.
The supervisors held two executive sessions to discuss obtaining real estate, Moore said.
The supervisors voted unanimously to send a revised version of the retirement community standards to the planning commission for its comments.
John Snook of the Brandywine Conservancy made a presentation to the supervisors on the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway Commission Corridor Management Plan.