Officials want crack down on those moving without notifying township
The Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors wants to know who is moving in and out of the township.
Like other municipalities, the township has an ordinance requiring those who move in, out or within the township to file for a moving permit.
During the board's rescheduled monthly meeting Monday evening, chairperson Linda DeCindio made it clear the supervisors want to crack down on those who move without notifying the township.
"We want to start enforcing moving in and out permits," she said. "We have people who are moving in with relatives and not telling us."
"We had three houses sold in Brockton, and we don't know who bought them," said secretary-treasurer Mary Bubel.
The moving permits, which cost $5, helps the township keep track of residents for taxation purposes, as well as for billing for other services.
Bubel said she used to track moves within the township by checking the county's real estate transfer list, and children can be tracked through school registration.
DeCindio said the township does have signs regarding the need for moving permits posted in the municipal building in Mary D, as well as in the post offices.
The township is currently without a police officer, leaving Code Enforcement Officer Daniel DeCindio as its lone law official at the moment. That raised a question as to how the ordinance would be enforced.
It was suggested that the secretary and code officer could knock on doors.
"How can you prove that they are not just visiting?" asked Daniel DeCindio.
Linda DeCindio stressed it is important for the township to keep up on its census numbers, as that determines government funding for different areas.
In other business, vice chairperson Maureen Vanek noted that, contrary to rumors, the township is not going broke due to depleting its budget for snow removal during two large February snowstorms.
During the treasurer's report, Vanek noted the township has over $217,000 remaining in its general fund.
"That's the most we've ever had at this time," said Linda DeCindio.
Vanek also mentioned that the township is still seeking a part-time police officer. The board has posted the opening with Schuylkill CareerLink. Officer Frank DiMarco, the last to hold the position, last worked on March 16.
Bubel said that garbage bills will be sent out on June 30. If anyone needs to make two payments, he or she must do so now. It was noted that there are still two delinquencies from 2009 that are in the process of an executive sale on their properties.
The Tuscarora Playground received an upgrade as per requirements by the township's insurance company. New parts on equipment were installed, 35 tons of mulch was placed and the fence was painted with the assistance of the Schuylkill County's prison work release program.
It was mentioned that the township office is being flooded with calls regarding high grass. Residents were reminded to maintain their properties and keep their grass cut.
Linda DeCindio mentioned that foreman Joe Pedron is keeping up with summer road maintenance, fixing potholes and using the brush hog to cut grass in between.