Garbage bills are due
Schuylkill Township garbage bills have been distributed for 2012 and are due by the end of June.
Township secretary/ treasurer Mary Bubel informed supervisors that all but two bills from 2011 have been paid. There are liens on those two properties. Bubble also advised residents that the late fee has changed from $5 to $20.
The supervisors also discussed several code enforcement violations, including high grass complaints and a Brockton property that has been cited several times for debris on the property, including propane tanks. Several neighbors voiced complaint and concerns that the tanks could cause serious problems for the neighborhood. Code enforcement officer Daniel DeCindio said that the property owner has been cited, however, has paid the citations. "We can keep writing citations forever," said DeCindio, "as long as they pay them, we can't do anything."
Resident Sheila Jones informed supervisors that a pile of dirt that she had asked about at a previous meeting was just a load of fill dirt. Jones asked supervisors if the Brockton Fire Company had received a grant from the county. Supervisor Linda DeCindio said that the fire company had received a grant, however, it could take up to three years to receive the money.
Supervisors approved an annual donation of $1500 to the townships three fire companies. Resident Joe Leskin questioned whether or not the Brockton Fire Company had used insurance money they collected to make the repairs to the fire station. The supervisors said that was a matter for the fire company.
Township police chief Jesse Zimmerman said that there were two reports of theft in the township in the last month. "Make sure you lock your vehicle and keep the keys outside of the vehicle, even if you just going into your house for an hour or two. Make sure your windows are up and your doors are locked," he said.
Zimmerman said he has been following up on litter complaints. He asked township residents to report anyone dumping garbage in the township and asked that residents contact him to remove the garbage. "Let me come and get it. There may be items in the garbage that I can investigate," he said. "It's laying right on the roadways and we need to stop it." Zimmerman had several flyers available for residents regarding feral cat populations and other animal nuisances.
The township received $846.76 from the State Police. This is the township's share of fines and penalties. The funds can be deposited in the general fund and can be used for any general fund purpose.
July's meeting will be held on the second Wednesday of the month, July 11th, as the first Wednesday is a holiday.