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January is National School Board Recognition Month, a time to give some credit to the elected representatives who oversee our schools. There are six school districts in Susquehanna County. Each of them has a board of nine members. Each of them spends in the neighborhood of $10-12 million per year. That's 54 people responsible for a total of more than $60 million, or over $1 million apiece. They deserve recognition - or at least scrutiny - as well as the respect of those who have entrusted so many dollars to them. At the close of their first meeting of 2003 on January 13, the Blue Ridge School Board gave itself a pat on the back, and rewarded itself with cake and coffee.
Susquehanna Boro council met on January 14 with all members present, as well as mayor Roberta Kelly, secretary Margaret Biegert, CEO Shane Lewis and several audience members.
During public comment, the owners of the Laurel Hill apartments requested an exemption from yearly inspections required by the boros renters ordinance. The apartments already undergo yearly inspections by the county Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the state Dept. of Labor and Industry, and HUD. And, whenever a tenant moves, the Housing Authority conducts an inspection; HUD also conducts intermittent inspections. After discussion, a motion carried to exempt Laurel Hill from the boros inspection, contingent on the boro being provided with documentation of inspection. Mr. Lewis noted that, when the international code goes into effect it might be mandatory for municipalities to conduct their own inspections. "At that point, well have to inspect," he said.
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