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Contact information necessary when making code enforcement complaint

Published May 05. 2012 09:01AM

Schuylkill Township officials are asking anyone making a code enforcement complaint to the township to please include their contact information.

Code enforcement officer Daniel DeCindio informed the supervisors he receives approximately 50 complaints in the course of a year.

"Every one gets checked out," he wrote.

However, he also gets complaint letters without any return address or contact information, inquiring why problems were not handled.

DeCindio explained that usually, complaints are resolved by personally contacting the responsible party. Sometimes, however, the complaints may not be justified or the responsible party may ignore the complaint, which results in citations, which may end up needing to go through the court system before the problem can be resolved.

"If a person with a complaint or question leaves their address or phone number, I will gladly get back to them with an answer," concluded DeCindio.

In other business, the township received a request from the Tamaqua American Legion for a donation for flags. Chairman Linda DeCindio said that at this time, the township coordinates with the Middleport American Legion.

They also received a request for a donation from the Tamaqua Area Baseball Association. Supervisors voted to approve a $50 donation, in light of the improvements and maintenance that are provided by the Association at the Mary D sports complex.

The supervisors received a communication from Berkheimer Tax Administrator regarding the township's local service tax rolls. According to the communication, the township has a contract with Berkheimer to collect the occupation privilege tax/local services tax that is good until 2014.

Those taxes are now to be collected by Central Tax Bureau, on behalf of the Schuylkill County Tax collections. Solicitor Michael Greek recommended that the matter be referred to the county committee and that the supervisors inform Berkheimer of the cancellation of the contract.

The township heard from Brockton resident Sheila Jones, who was concerned about truckloads of what she called a "blackish dirt" that was recently dumped in a vacant lot.

"I know in the past they tried to slip in some of that sewage waste and we diverted that away," she said.

Supervisor Charles Hosler said that the location is actually in Blythe Township and should be referred to them. Jones said that since the location is less than a mile away from the Brockton Post Office that residents and township officials should be concerned.

Jones also asked if the township was receiving tax money on the former St. Bartholomew's Church property. St. Bartholomew's was one of the Catholic parishes that closed a few years ago and has been vacant since.

DeCindio reminded township residents that there is a county wide burn ban in effect.

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