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Schuylkill Township cracking down on unleashed dogs

Published October 06. 2011 05:01PM

Unleashed dogs are becoming a nuisance in Schuylkill Township.

Code enforcement officer Daniel DeCindio alerted township supervisors that he has had several calls about dogs roaming throughout the township. "It's the law that all dogs must be on a leash or contained," he said. "They cannot be roaming the streets at large." DeCindio said that owners will be cited and could face fines.

Police Chief Jesse Zimmerman requested that all residents report any suspicious incidents to him. "Even if it's miniscule, call the office. Leave a message. I will call you back," he said. Referring to an incident in Brockton where there were downed wires, he said "it could always turn into something bigger."

Supervisors fielded several questions regarding the continued police protection in the town, including the regional police force study and what insurance coverage applies to the chief and the vehicles utilized by the police. They also advised residents that people moving in and out of the township are required to alert the township so that the tax rolls can be kept up to date. In the case of rental properties, that responsibility falls to the landlords. Resident Edward Dougherty asked if the township has any way of breaking the trash down into recyclables. The answer was no.

Supervisors advised a resident about how to request that the township vacate a paper street.

Annual requests for the Tamaqua Public Library and the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission were approved in the amounts of $500 and $1000, respectively. "These are annual, budgeted items," said supervisor Christine Verdier.

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