Two residents of Weissport shared their concerns over parking issues, alleged drug deals and having way too many people living together in small apartments in the 200 block of White Street during Monday night's council meeting.
Virgina Henson and Charmaine Remes said that the people living in one of the two bedroom apartments own at least five or six cars and that parking has become a real problem in that area of town.
"It's not only the parking issue we're talking about, it's the double parking that has really become a problem," said Remes. "And when their friends come over, about four more cars, it's worse."
"They let their children up all night and they play in the street," said Henson. "They keep beer kegs on their porch and they are up making noise until 1 or 2 in the morning."
Henson also noted that her neighbors are "scrappers" and often unload old stoves, refrigerators and such all night long in the front of the house. "When the metal hits the sidewalk, you hear that clanking that will wake you up."
Remes said that she had been inside the one apartment and knows that it is a two-bedroom. "There was even a man living in the crawl space."
"Can't you do something," she asked.
They also noted that they have an old boat and trailer parked without tags and they drink all night long.
"They are low income and need the community's help," said Chief of Police Steve Armbruster. Armbruster said that some of the families have no food in their homes.
"I get it," said Henson. "They need help. I'm a working mom and I don't have a good paying job. I know what its like to be poor. But I still like to help people."
Armbruster noted that people have the right to sit on their front porch. "They can do what they want on their porch and you can do what you want on your porch."
Resident Ted Highland asked police to not put on blinders and take note when the people leave the porch after hours of drinking that they might be drunk.
Armbruster said that there must be just cause to pull-over someone.
"Well state police have always used the one that you crossed the line," said Highland. "Then you could find out they have no insurance and no inspection."
Henson confirmed that the neighbors have different cars every couple of days.
Highland continued. "Yes, and I doubt if they are paying for new plates every couple of days."
Highland also noted that the people are in and out in days without the benefit of moving permits.
"There are many low income parents on that block and they need help," said Armbruster.
"It's just that White Street looks so bad and then a block over on Franklin, it looks beautiful," said Henson. "Why can't our block look better?"
Gene Kershner, council president, said, "We will contact the code enforcement officer."
"I am also concerned about the animals that are out of control," said Remes. "They have dogs that have gone after other dogs that are on leashes. And their dogs aren't on leashes and sometimes they go after people."
Henson asked if there could be a drive in town to help those who need clothes and food.
"I'll give," she said. "I don't have a lot but I'll give."
Armbruster said that he has organized drives through a local church to help the families.
Armbruster said that he was also aware that there are three men living under the bridge sleeping on the dirt.
"I'd like to address the homeless situation here in Weissport, too," said Armbruster.
"It's a shame for everybody," said Kershner. "This issue hits the whole town."