Rutledge Borough Council considered the recommendations of its Planning Commission and amended its ordinance for accessory uses and structures in the community. Action was taken at Council’s June meeting.

The new ordinance limits the location of accessory structures such as garages, decks, sheds, pool houses, gazebos, patios or similar structures to side or rear yards of a property. Only one utility/storage shed is permitted on a lot, and the floor area of a shed cannot exceed 120 square feet and be no higher than 12 feet to the peak of the roof.

Accessory structures with a second floor must have an egress window on that floor in compliance with the applicable building and fire and safety codes.

The new statute covers height limits for accessory structures, minimum setbacks and restricts accessory structures from being used as an apartment, dwelling unit or for overnight sleeping. A bed and breakfast or family day-care home facility will also not be allowed to operate within an accessory structure.

Mayor Kevin Cunningham’s police report noted that Swarthmore police vehicles are now equipped with a license tag reader that lets officers know immediately if the car’s registration is expired. Cunningham said this is important because the state is no longer issuing stickers bearing the current year that have been placed on license plates for decades.

Swarthmore police provide police services for Rutledge under a yearly contract.

In Triangle Park news, children now have a newly installed piece of play equipment that can provide them with the opportunity to try out their musical ability. Councilwoman Marie Govanniccin said the mini-xylophone is attached to the slide that is part of a larger piece of play equipment and is located in the tot lot at the south end of the park.

New playground equipment in Rutledge can challenge a child’s musical skills, too.

New playground equipment in Rutledge can challenge a child’s musical skills, too.

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