Williamsport Landlord Ordinance Passes 6 to 1

Williamsport, Lycoming County – A controversial ordinance went up for a vote before Williamsport City Council Wednesday night.  After a long meeting the ordinance passed by a vote of 6 to one.  Mayor Gabe Campana told Eyewitness News he was delighted- and it was way to fight crime.

The ordinance forces landlords to register with city. It also requires them to let them city know about the number of their occupants.

Originally the ordinance also forced landlords to register the name of their tenants, but that was discarded.

Officials who drafted the ordinance saw it as a way to cut down on crime in Williamsport.

Everyone, including a handful landlords and two of the city’s police officers, who spoke at Wednesday’s meeting encouraged Councilors to pass the ordinance.

At times some of the speeches were heated.

Police Captain Timothy Miller told Councilors, “it’s time to do the right thing. If for no other reason than it’s the right thing to do and unanimously pass this ordinance for the well being of our community.”

The ordinance is similar to one that City Councilors in Wilkes-Barre passed.

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