City Council returns with a full agenda

    Council resumes just one day before the city plans to send out thousands of layoff notices and the Administration prepares for severe service cuts.

     Philadelphia City Council returns to work Thursday after summer break. Council resumes just one day before the city plans to send out thousands of layoff notices and the Administration prepares for severe service cuts.

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    Reforming the city’s embattled property tax agency, re-introducing ethics legislation and confronting the city’s budget crisis are likely to be some of the issues taken up by Council during the upcoming session.

    City Councilman Jim Kenney plans to introduce a bill today that will force building owners to repair their faulty facades.

    Kenney: With the continuing occurrences that have not harmed or killed anyone its time to get moving, its beyond time to get moving. I mean New york and Chicago have been doing this for years. And its clearly time that we catch up with them.

    The bill would require buildings above five stories to get regular inspections by engineers. Councilman Frank Rizzo plans to introduce legislation that would forbid nepotism and regulate gifts to elected officials and their staff.

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