Jersey Shore may tighten up tall weeds, snow regs


For The Express

JERSEY SHORE — Residents may have a more difficult time escaping payment of fines for not dealing with snow, ice and tall grass.

Borough Council will advertise an ordinance amending penalties for those violations.

Property owners who fail to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours of a storm would receive warning letters, Borough Manager Joseph Hamm said.

A second notice would result in a $25 fine.

The penalties would be similar to those for residents who blow grass clippings into streets.

Too many people have simply ignored the fines and not paid them in the past, according to borough officials.

The proposed ordinance also covers how yard sales are advertised. Instead of on private lawns or community bulletin boards, some ads are appearing on utility poles. The ordinance addresses this. In each case, failing to pay the fine would result in an appearance before a district judge.

The vote to advertise the ordinance was 6-0 at Monday night’s council meeting. Voting yes were Sean Simcox, Janet Barnhart, Margeurite Dyroff, Michael Zellers, Kenneth Scheesley and Barbara Schmouder.

Paul Garrett and Matthew Haag were absent.

In other matters, council voted to lease the Thompson Street Recreation Field to Jersey Shore Area School District for middle school soccer practices. Council took no action on the issue last month, citing potential wear and tear to the field. At Monday’s meeting, school district Superintendent Jill Weinrich appealed to council to reconsider the issue.

The field would be used by the middle school team from March to May between 3:30 and 5:15 p.m. four days a week, according to Weinrich.

“We just need a place for our middle school soccer team,” she said. “We will help you maintain it.”

The field is already used by the American Youth Soccer Organization, Hamm explained. In addition, he said, the borough has spent $16,000 over the past four years maintaining the grounds.

Schmouder suggested the district perhaps use other fields in the community or in Porter Township.

Simcox said he felt it made sense to extend a one-year lease for use of the Thompson Street field. Details of the lease still need to be drawn up.

Council approved a quote from Thomas L. Dunlap in the purchase of a mower for $6,499. The quote was the lowest of the three submitted.

Council also voted to advertise an ordinance for vacating a portion of North Cherry Alley.

In a personnel matter, council appointed David Hyde to the zoning hearing board.

Todd Lauer of Porter Township questioned the cost of building a new police station in Jersey Shore.

“I see no relief for taxpayers,” he said.

Various funding sources are being explored to help pay for the building, Hamm responded. It would be used by Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department, which provides law enforcement coverage for Jersey Shore, Porter Township and other nearby communities.