City of Philadelphia leaders are working on an ordinance that when enacted will make it a little easier to get something done about unclean properties.

Often, unclean property issues are brought before the board of aldermen again and a again with little hope of finding a solution. The proposed ordinance will give the property owner time to deal with an unclean property. But when the time runs out, it will go to city court where legal action including possible fines may be taken. This was discussed at last Tuesday’s meeting.

City Attorney Robert Thomas is working on the proposed ordinance and will bring it to the board for possible action during a future meeting.

“It will put some teeth in our clean-up efforts,” Mayor James Young said.

In another matter, Thurmond Chunn, head of the city Sanitation Department, informed the board that he would be retiring January 31, 2020. Mr. Chunn will be retiring with 28 years of service to the city. He has some qualifications that the city needs to run the department. He said he wanted to make sure the board has time to find his replacement.

In other matters, the board voted to:

• Approve the minutes of its last meeting and to pay the claims docket; 

• Approve for the city to apply for federal funding for fencing at the airport;

• Approve payments to Waggoner Engineers for $9,044;

• Approve the payment of $68,833 to Murphee Paving for a paving rehabilitation work at the airport;

• Approve the purchase of a Ford F250 truck for the fire department through a Homeland Security Grant of $37,499;

• Approve for the police department to receive $500 from the district attorney’s office for pretrial intervention;

• Resend the employment offer to a man with the Street Department after he was a no show;

• Rejected a request to rezone a property at 214 Wilson Street from R1 to R3;

• Rejected a request to hire an employee for summer help for animal control;

• Accept the resignation of Stephan McCall with the police department. Aldermen then voted to hire Hunter Ramsey as a patrolman fire class;

•  Accepted a MMCCA certificate for Marilyn Jackson with the city clerk’s office;

• Accept a Homeland Security grant of $32,251 for HSART gear for the fire department. Aldermen also approved the purchase of Capewell aerial equipment for at the cost of $30,500.

Aldermen and the mayor noted that the deadline has passed to accept applications for the police chief job. The city has received five applications including one from interim chief Julian Greer. The board will conduct interviews in an upcoming meeting.