Eldred resident may be heading to jail
Eldred Township's zoning officer Ellerslie Helm advised supervisors at their recent meeting that resident Paul Wingert, as of March 6, still has not complied with cleaning up his property. Township solicitor Michael Kaspszyk said that if it isn't cleaned up by March 19, the township will ask the court to incarcerate him.
Supervisor Vice President Gretchen Gannon Petit said she understands the steps taken in this case, but didn't understand how he can clean up his property if he is in jail.
Kaspszyk said that Wingert agreed with the judge when he was found to be in contempt.
"Every time he's in court, he says he will clean it up. But he doesn't," said Kaspszyk.
Helm said that to date, Wingert owes $165,077 in fines.
"If we have him incarcerated, it will be setting a precedent," said Helm. "Then when there are others who are found in contempt of court, we can tell them that if they don't comply, this could happen to you."
Helm also reported that the township issued one building permit for a detached garage in February.
Supervisor Vice President Gretchen Gannon Petit announced that the township will receive $538 from the Department of Environmental Protection Act 101 Recycling Program Performance Grant. It reflects the 97.6 tons of residential and commercial materials recycled by the township's residents and businesses in 2010.
The township will also receive $1,809 grant from the Act 101, Section 902 Recycling Development and Implementation Grant.
Supervisor Vice President Petit said the board will be reviewing the township's septic fee schedule. In 2012, the township collected $1,700 in septic fees but the costs to the township totaled $7,000.
"The old schedule was from 2010 and prices of everything has gone up. We lost a little over $5,000 when we should be breaking even," said Petit.
Supervisor/secretary Sharon Solt said she obtained the fee schedules from the neighboring townships and will be reviewing them to help Eldred come up with a more current fee schedule.
In other township business, the board approved, 3-0:
• a donation of $1,000 to be a sponsor of the Chestnuthill Township's 250th Anniversary Celebration
• a donation of $250 to the Pleasant Valley High School's Chem Free Party
If anyone is interested in participating in Chestnuthill's 250th Anniversary Celebration parade, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at the West End Fairgrounds, application forms are available at Eldred's municipal office.