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Summit Hill pushes for spring cleanup

Published March 26. 2019 12:24PM

If you live in Summit Hill and your property isn’t free of weeds and debris, you might be hearing about it from the borough council.

Summit Hill councilman Dave Wargo said he and members of the borough’s economic development council will be checking properties before the borough’s annual spring cleanup and will inform residents who have quality of life ordinance violations.

If the residents don’t address the violations, Wargo said he and other committee members are willing to have them cited and will even go to court to testify against the offenders.

The spring cleanup will be held on the east side of town, at Knepper’s Trailer Court, and on East and West White Bear Drive on April 27.

It will be held on the west side of town, along with Laurel Drive and both sides of Mountaintop Road, on May 4.

An electronics recycling event will be held on April 20, for borough residents only. It will be at the Ginder Field in Summit Hill, and residents will need to show proof of residency.

Wargo said at a recent meeting of the Economic Development committee, it was stated that sometimes residents won’t report neighbors on quality of life violations for fear of reprisals.

He said this is why members of the committee will do a canvass of the borough to look for flagrant ordinance violations.

Violators will be told to clean up their properties or face citations.

“We will be acting on behalf of the borough,” he said.

Earlier in the meeting, borough resident Ted Koller of West White Street complained that a neighbor isn’t maintaining his property. He said the borough has cited the neighbor several times but no other action was taken.

He said the neighbor refuses to let anyone inside the residence, so any violations occurring there are not being addressed.

Attorney Michael Greek, the borough’s solicitor, said there isn’t much the borough can do when it’s an issue between two neighbors. He suggested that Koller see an attorney to determine if a civil suit could be filed.

Koller displayed photos showing what he says is an unlicensed car in the neighbor’s yard.

Siding is peeling from the back of the neighbor’s house.

According to Koller, the neighbor has two dogs which relieve themselves inside the residence, causing a bad odor. “The smell is horrendous,” he said.

He said an animal control officer was contacted, but if licenses are up-to-date, there’s no action officials can take.

Council President Michael Kokinda told Koller, “I feel bad for you.”

The council said its code enforcement officer cannot go inside a building unless the occupant consents.

“There’s nothing to prevent you from suing your neighbor,” attorney Greek said.

Koller said the situation is creating health problems for his 81-year-old father.

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