MC Twp. residents to pay Dumpster permit fee, must empty every 2 weeks
ATLAS — Residents of Mount Carmel Township will now pay a permit fee of $10 if they have a Dumpster and must have it emptied every two weeks.
At their monthly meeting Wednesday, supervisors amended Ordinance 2013-8 (Garbage) to deter people who throw residential trash into Dumpsters and allow it to sit for long periods of time. They said some residents violate a section of the ordinance that states household garbage shall not be stored in containers larger than 96 gallons. Dumpsters at businesses are exempt.
Chief Brian Hollenbush said, “(The amendment) is not for people who follow the law. It’s for people who are a continued thorn in our side.”
In related business, residents were reminded there are separate containers for recycling plastics and cardboard. Receptacles for No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, cardboard and aluminum cans are located behind the municipal garage. Chairman Aaron Domanski added that the township is attempting to acquire bins at no cost to expand materials that can be collected. The program is a partnership with the Coal Township Recycling Center.
In other news
• Supervisors approved Resolution 2017-21, which states the township would apply, on behalf of the Mount Carmel School District, for a $250,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority for the replacement of the track inside the Silver Bowl located in Mount Carmel Township. Domanski clarified that the grant requires a resolution and that the township is not liable for any cost. The school district would be required to match 15 percent of the total project cost.
• Supervisors adopted the Volunteer Firefighter Accident, Injury, and Drug and Alcohol policy. It covers various topics, such as procedures if a firefighter is injured or is suspected of being under the influence. Supervisor Charles Gasperetti said the policy will protect township firefighters and residents.
• John Buccanelli, township engineer, clarified that a sewer line project in Atlas will include replacing 25 manholes and 6,500 feet of pipe throughout the entire community. Mount Carmel Municipal Authority (MCMA) approved a low bid of $836,043.96 from Sikora Brothers Paving, of Hunlock Creek, on April 12. The cost includes a $50,100 township street opening permit fee. The project is required to be completed within 140 days.
• Hollenbush reported that between March 21 and April 19, officers issued 94 traffic citations, 14 non-traffic citations and five parking tickets, made five criminal arrests, responded to 125 emergency 911 calls, had 57 other contacts and traveled 4,042 miles.
• Gasperetti thanked firefighters from the Atlas and Strong fire companies for manning their stations for 48 straight hours and clearing hydrants during the major snowstorm in March.
• Supervisors congratulated Strong native Ashley Shamus for representing the township at the Boston Marathon.
• Supervisors announced that all the apartments have been reserved at the Phoenix Court Housing Project, but that names are still being accepted for a waiting list. Call 570-339-5844 for more information.