Township will have eye on recycling

Begis questions Entech bill

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •

VALLEY VIEW – Smile, you may be on camera. A new camera has been ordered and will be installed at the recycling bins located at the Hegins Township office complex on Gap Street.
Last month the supervisors reported that people using the recycling bins were piling items up outside the bins, causing items to blow and be strewn all over the place. They warned the public that if caught leaving stuff lay at the bins they would be prosecuted for littering. The supervisors suggested that if the bins are full to take the items back home and come another day.

Last Wednesday evening, Supervisor Chairman Gary Harner said the recycling site conditions have improved and the county has been emptying the bins more often.
According to Hegins Township Police Chief Steve Lohr, the problem was alleviated and things were going well until the Memorial Day weekend. Lohr said after that weekend the site was littered with beer bottles and other items that were left outside the bins.
Lohr requested the township purchase a new camera and have installed so that perpetrators can be prosecuted.
Harner said he was told that Hegins Township is second worst recycling area in the county. He said he wants the problem fixed.
Chief Lohr also noted a problem with high grass in the township.
“It’s exceptionally bad this year,” said Lohr. “We have approximately 16 properties that we have been monitoring and sending letters to. The problem is most of these properties are owned by the bank and it’s difficult to get them to respond and take care of the problem. When they do send someone they are sending a mowing company from two hours away or more.”
Lohr reminded the public of the Hot Potato 5K race this Saturday. He said a portion of West Maple Street and a portion of Gap Street will be closed between 8 a.m. and approximately 9:45 a.m.
In other business, Supervisor Mike Begis questioned a bill. He noted a bill from Entech Engineering in the amount of $4,106 for attending the Act 537 hearing and preparing for it.
“My question is, why is the township being charged for this,” asked Begis. “The Concerned Citizens called the man to the stand and their lawyer questioned him. Our township attorneys never called this guy or questioned him.”
No further comments or information was offered.
Township Solicitor Karpowich said he has been revising the wind turbine ordinance and plans to have it ready for the July meeting.
Karpowich said he has amended the ordinance and created districts for turbines and future consideration for other energy facilities.
The township office hours are changing. The new hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Secretary/treasurer Kathy Moyer can also be available by appointment by calling 570-682-9133.
A discussion was once again held on alleys and who should maintain them and who owns them. Supervisor Sandra McCullough said she is researching the alleys and is trying to come up with a plan for them.
A special township meeting will be held June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Hegins Area Ambulance Association Building, Gap Street.
The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. at the Hegins Area Ambulance Building.
The food pantry will be held July 20, beginning at 8 a.m. at the township building, Gap Street.

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