Hit the Road: Pine Grove Twp Supervisors to Address Old Vehicles

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RUSSELL, Pa. – If Pine Grove Township residents have plans for the old vehicles in their yards, they need to start implementing them soon.

Pine Grove Township supervisors discussed the issue during their regular meeting Wednesday, and want the cars to go.

“The ordinance allows for one (car in a yard),” Chairman Carmen Ferranto said. “If they’re working on them it’s one thing, but there are lots not being worked on.”

Part of the issue, Ferranto explained, is how and where to start enforcement. Vehicles in the yard of a property in a remote part of the township may not be as big an issue as those in some of the more populated areas. But they must be treated equally.

“The dilemma is how aggressive to be,” he said. “I could understand if it was cost prohibitive, but there are places that pay to pick them up, or do it for free.”

Given how effective the tactic has been in getting delinquent utility bills paid, Vice Chairman Doug Smith suggested a straightforward approach.

“Send a shot across their bow,” he said.

No official action was taken at Wednesday’s meeting, though all three supervisors were in agreement that it was time to start addressing the issue.

BUDGET REVIEW

A review of the 2021 budget was on Wednesday’s meeting agenda, but due to uncertainty surrounding revenue streams, it won’t be ready for review until November’s meeting.

“The township relies on earned income tax,” Ferranto said.

With all the uncertainty due to COVID, it was hard to project that revenue, he added.

RATE INCREASE

A motion was passed to increase the rate on sewer No. 1 and No. 2 by $3 per month.

The next supervisors meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Pine Grove Township Hall.