Categories: "Politics"

Going On Ten Years

I'm just being a bad neighbor, he's just running his trash business, yep, heard it all from the Township supervisors over the years, yet I'm not the one violating Township ordinances or a State Laws by running a junk yard along Route 6.

The area outlined in black, minus that 40' storage trailer, was the original size and scope of the old body shop that closed it's business in 2005. Where the upper earth work and new buildings are was a nice, permeable slope of grass and trees. Was that way for years before I moved into my house in 1989. The the property was sold to the current owner and tons of earth have been moved and brought in as non permeable soil which has done nothing but cause millions of gallons of silt water to run through my property and some of it into my well.

And let's not forget the hundreds of junked vehicles that have been crushed and torn apart. The gallons of illegal fluids being drop to the ground and allowed to, well, flow downhill.

Going On Ten Years

And now, the beautiful piece of property has it's own 'cul-de-sac'. See the new addition on the right? Another entrance to this illegal business and I'm in the process of seeing if this was legally put in. All entrances onto State or Federal highways require a 'highway occupancy permit' issued by PennDot. Something tells me a permit wasn't applied for, given the propensity of dis regard of the law, but only time will tell. If it was applied for and approved, then PennDot is in violation of a State law that says junk/salvage yards can not be in operation within 2,000 feet of a highway.

So, for the residents of Hamlin Township who keep electing folks that don't have the nerve to uphold the law, we'll just have to see how much their resistance to doing the job they were elected to do is going to cost all of us. I hate to move to the courts, but since I'm still being ignored it's looking like I'm going to have no choice. It will most likely cost thousands of our dollars to defend a suit...and for what? I still have not been contacted by any supervisor about this matter.

Just More of the Same!

Nothing like living with the crushing of vehicles, listening to them being loaded and then hauled away like nothing is wrong. This isn't a flower shop that's not licensed, these are junked vehicles with their dripping fluids being moved around with a fork lift, then the glass broken out of them.

Why, my property value must have gone up 2 or 300% since this place moved across the road.

Oh, and let's not forget the dripping fluids making their way into the ground water or creek.

But it's not a junk yard...

Notice the two tone ford pickup under the car in the dump truck?
Click on the image for a better view.

Just More of the Same!

Wouldn't it be nice to have a junk yard by your property?
I think everyone should have one...

Meeting, Monday March 14th

I had plans and paperwork to attend the meeting on the 14th but work got in the way again. Seems like their was quite a bit of discussion to my favorite meme with the supervisors about enforcement of the Junkyard and other ordinances our supervisors took an oath to uphold. The one this time was the corner of Bloomster Hollow and Route 6. Like Mr. Belitskus said, this and other properties have been brought up before to the supervisors but no action has ever been followed through on.

I've been attending meetings since 2006 for the same reasons, some 80 meetings that have resulted in no actions taken for the property across the street from mine or the other locations in the Township that I've fought to have cleaned up, including the Bloomster Hollow property. It's time the Supervisors act like supervisors and enforce the ordinances they took the oath to uphold or they should gather up their things off the table they sit behind and let the people put someone in place that will do the job. Enough BS about a code enforcement officer, another person that would have to be paid to perform the duties the Supervisors have the obligation to do. Everything that a code enforcement officer would do still would have to come back through the Township Supervisors to move forward. It's just a game to them.

Meeting, Monday March 14th

Does that look like it's not a junk yard(click on it for a larger view), with vehicles stacked on top of each other dripping fluids onto the ground, all on impervious soil that was brought in in violation of the storm water management ordinance? Do you think that what ever property might be downhill from this mess might be affected? What do you think supervisors? I guess we'll have to see what a judge thinks at the Taxpayers expense!

Anyways, here's the article that appeared in the Bradford Era and a link to the article on the paper's website is below.

HAZEL HURST — As communities across McKean County continue to combat the all too common problem of blight, several people from Bloomster Hollow addressed the Hamlin Township Supervisors about a property on Bloomster Hollow Road which appears to have gotten out of hand.

Gail Riddell of Bloomster Hollow said a property on Bloomster Hollow Road, which has accumulated a considerable amount of junk, presents environmental, safety and health issues for township residents. Riddell wants the township to enforce their junkyard ordinance.

Hamlin Township Ordinance 21 addresses the regulation of junkyards, including scrap yards, automobile graveyards, and the abatement of nuisances and unlicensed junkyards. The ordinance details definitions of junkyards, licensing information, and fines for nuisance junk yards.

Riddell said there is currently no ordinance enforcement of the township junkyard ordinance.

Supervisor Ken Stroup offered to speak to the property owner to discuss the issue.

Supervisor Jim Myers noted the resident has been sent multiple notices about the junk, but to no avail. Myers said the township even considered hiring a code enforcement officer, and had three interviews for the position. However, the township found no takers.

Riddell's daughter, Lori Gideon, just wants to see if something, anything, can be done.
“It's a dump,” Gideon claims.

Carolyn Snead of Sergeant Township said if the property is not cleaned up soon, someone will get hurt. Snead understands this cleanup will be a process, and knows the township has been working on it. Snead said the owner of the property may not have the means to clean-up the junk. She asked Myers and Stroup if the township would provide a truck and some supervision to haul the junk away. Both men indicated they would be in favor of such a move.

Bill Belitskus of Lantz Corners said he has heard these promises made by township supervisors since he started attending the meetings in 1993. These promises are not always kept, Belitskus said. In this case, he said the supervisors have the authority to act and enforce the ordinance as the property has become a potential health and safety issue, but Belitskus remains skeptical that any action will be taken. “What is the excuse for not enforcing ordinances this time?” Belitskus asked.

Stroup said he would like to enforce the ordinance but was not sure how to be effective in doing so. Belitskus asked if a part-time code enforcement officer could be hired. Myers suggested Belitskus be sent for the training, as he may be suitable for the position. Stroup wants something that will be effective, as code enforcement officers cannot arrest anyone, and levying fines has not seemed to be effective thus far.

Former supervisor Dave Okerlund said there is a process to follow, starting with a warning, then fines, and if the fines are not paid a lien is attached to the property. Okerlund said if it gets that far, it will likely wind up in the township's possession and it will be a burden on the township to clean up the mess. Belitskus said if there is a process, then follow it. He said the City of Bradford is sticking to its plan and enforcing ordinances and things are beginning to get done.

In other news, the supervisors adopted several resolutions. The first resolution was to appoint a firm of certified public accountants to make an audit of the accounts in the 2015 fiscal year in the place of the elected auditors.

The second resolution was to appoint an open records officer, who will be secretary-treasurer Kathy Sluga.

The supervisors then authorized vacancy board chairman Dale “Wally” Howard to petition the Court of Common Pleas to fill the vacancy of auditors. The supervisors then approved a sewer module on Brights Road, which was already approved by township sewage enforcement officer Todd Fantaskey.

The next supervisors meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 11.

http://www.bradfordera.com/news/hamlin-township-supervisors-discuss-junk-on-property/article_3e7e36ec-ea58-11e5-8c6c-cb6107e5800a.html

Advice and Consent of the NRA

Supreme Court justices are nominated by the President of the United States, and thru advice and consent of the US Senate, the nominee is either rejected or put in place as a Justice. That's in the Constitution that the Republicans in this country live or die for, just ask them.

But even before today, they have said that no nominee will even be considered by this Republican controlled Senate until a new President has been elected, so that the will of the people can have a voice in that nominee. My fellow Americans, the people did speak and have a voice in the nomination, we elected our current President twice and that in itself should qualify as 'having a voice'.

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October 12, 2015

The regular Hamlin Township meeting was held on October 12, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Hamlin township office with Chairman James Trussell presiding. Township supervisor Dave Okerlund was present, Supervisor Myers was absent.

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Still Believe Climate Change Isn't Real?

When the Republicans in the House and Senate put together a budget that would have to be passed before the end of last year and sent to President Obama to sign, they thru in a great big sweetener to 'big oil' and that was removing the ban on oil exports. I'm sure their pockets will be lined nicely over the next few months and even speaker Ryan said "this is bigger than 1,000 keystone pipelines". But it's also sadder than those pipelines.

Unlimited/Unfettered export of the oil and natural gas that they tear our countrysides apart to get can now be shipped anywhere, anytime and all the Democrats could muster is 5 paltry years of tax credits for re-newable energy sources. As far back as the 1970's, big oil knew the dangers of carbon emissions from producing oil and natural gas that would do irreversible harm to the planet. Take a look at this article from insideclimatenews.org that talks of a task force formed by the industry in the late 70's. Really sad that we don't do the same to them that we did back when we could prove that the tobacco industry played us all for fools saying there was no evidence that smoking caused cancer or other diseases.

And of course, the republicans on the state level through our budget stalemate have given a green light again to big oil by not taxing an industry that's doing great damage to our roads and landscape. Ever seen a 'fracking pad'? But instead, big oil gets a pass on taking care of the environment and paying for the damage to our highways and bridges. 

And remember, the last installment of the Corbett/Republican led house and senate's gas tax takes effect in one year, Jan. 1st, 2017