Borough may ban some porch couches

June 22, 2008 8:29:49 AM PDT
A northeastern Pennsylvania borough is considering an ordinance that would ban couches on front porches and lawns.

Stroudsburg officials say the ban would apply to upholstered furniture that is manufactured primarily for indoor use.

Code enforcement officer Jeff Wilkins says the fire department is concerned about safety hazards. But he says the borough is thinking about aesthetics, too.

A public hearing is set to be held on the ordinance next month.

Some residents say the idea is ridiculous.

Mike Reinheimer says he has lived in the borough for decades. He doesn't see what it's hurting for him to have his soft recliner out on the porch, where he enjoys reading or listening to music.