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Council cancels portable potty at the playground due to vandals

Published August 16. 2011 05:01PM

Weissport Council has canceled the portable potty at the playground.

Council members on Monday night heard how just a few people are vandalizing the potty that was put at the new playground for the convenience of residents and they said they have heard enough.

"We gave it a shot," said Sue Pywar, who was chairing the meeting in the absence of Council President Tim Rehrig and Vice President Gene Kershner.

Dennis Moser, a borough worker, said that the vandals broke off the toilet paper dispenser and broke the latch.

Council had voted to place a portable potty at the site of the new playground last spring on a temporary basis for at least six months. Less than four months have passed and the issue has been settled. It's going.

"I say tell them to pick up the porta potty," said Arland Moyer, council member.

Since council had ordered the porta potty on a month-to-month basis there will be no penalty for early removal. Council had paid $110 a month for the service.

In another playground issue, Moser recommended that dogs and cigarettes should be banned from the playground area.

Attorney Mike Greek recommended that Weissport Council adopt an ordinance to regulate the rules of the playground.

Greek said that by adopting an ordinance, people who use the park usually help police the rules.

Pywar also took the opportunity to commend Moyer, Moser and her husband, Peter Pywar, for cutting down brush on the levee.

"For just a few guys, they have made a lot of progress in a short time," said Pywar.

Pywar also noted that she spoke with a member of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission and they will be removing the benches from the levee.

Pywar said she will also draft a letter which will be sent to all 15 residents who own property adjacent to the levee to alert them they must not have any structures on the levee closer than 10 feet.

Council members that they are ready to enforce the property maintenance ordinance against two property owners whose properties are not being maintained. One of the properties has a badly deteriorating back porch, which is owned by an absentee landlord from New York; the other property has noxious weeds growing on a fence.

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