So who does the inspecting? Right now, that function is being performed by the city, but there is serious question whether it can handle residential inspections in addition to its existing program for rentals.
This is where Keystone Municipal Services enters this little play. According to The Morning Call, Keystone already serves thirty municipalities and is looking to move into the Lehigh Valley. It's even bid on work in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Home inspections are their bag, baby.
Guess who has a consulting gig with Keystone?
According to a Statement of Financial Interests filed on April 30, none other than Allentown Mayor Edwin E. Pawlowski. He must list all sources of income greater than $1,300.
Isn't that nice? Just think, after people get tired of waiting four years for a real estate inspection, this city will privatize its residential inspections, and consultant Ed will pick up a nice check. He'll wait 'till he leaves office so that everything is legit, but the writing is on the wall for anyone who can read.