Flemington Council to crack down on grass and weed ordinances

By LAURA JAMESON

ljameson@lockhaven.com

FLEMINGTON — Flemington Borough Council may send letters to residents who violate grass and weed ordinances. This is the first step taken before fines are given out.

The discussion on these ordinances began when Councilman Wayne Allison expressed his disapproval of overgrown vegetation he’s seen in front of area homes along the roadway. Some of it was even two feet high in spots, he said.

Due to where the vegetation was located, he asked if it is up to the property owner or the borough to take care of the problem.

It appears to be the borough’s, according to Councilman David E. Grimm, although some property owners do take care of the problem themselves.

Council discussed several possibilities of how to deal with this problem: tarring the areas, hiring a professional to kill the weeds, certifying the borough’s own workers so they can handle the chemicals needed to spray the weeds.

Allison also pointed out that multiple people seem to be blowing their grass clippings onto the streets.

Grass clippings on the streets poses a danger to motorists, specifically those on motorcycles.

Some properties in the area also have overgrown vegetation on their property which needs to be taken care of, Councilwoman Jo LaRocque said.

“It affects the real estate value of their neighbors,” Councilman Stephen W. Hoy said.

Grimm said the borough has ordinances in place for both issues and could send letters to property owners warning them they are in violation.

One property in particular with overgrown vegetation was discussed. It is not clear who the current owner is.

Because a bank has been involved, the owner of the property may not even realize he or she owns it.

Allison suggested the borough take care of the property and then put a lien on it to recover taxpayer money spent on its maintenance.

These issues were referred to the street committee.

ROADS

Council gave updates on road and bridge projects.

Guide rails have been installed along the new Canal Street Bridge, Council President Albert “Hap” Hill said. Once patching is done around the posts of the rails, the project will be complete, he said.

Recently, speed tests were begun in the borough through the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). A radar device was placed on Frederick Street, reported Borough Foreman Bill Brungard. The information from this test should be available by next week, he said.

Speeding information also will be collected on Woods Avenue in the coming weeks, he added.

This information could be used to determine if the borough needs to ask police to patrol certain areas for speeders.

“I think we have a problem,” Allison said about speeding.

The borough also has applied for a Multi Modal grant through PennDOT, Hill said, to remove a wall running along Bressler Street, between Frederick and Wright streets. The wall has begun to crumble, causing damage to the roadway, he said.

The borough plans to work with the property owner to remove it. The borough also would like to overlay three blocks of the street, he said.

OTHER BUSINESS

– A drainage project is planned for Grove Community Park next year, Allison said. A larger catch basin could be built to keep excess water from lying in the park, he said.

Borough workers recently corrected a catch basin in the park that was too high, he said.

– Crystal Vision Center is constructing something new at the former Kapoor medical office property along High Street, with plans to begin construction in October.

Grimm said he has met with owner David Briggs about the project, and they talked about how parking would be organized.

– The borough is among the seven municipalities that use the Lock Haven Sewage Treatment Plant’s services. All municipalities are discussing payments at this time, Grimm said.

– Allison suggested the borough’s public safety committee visit the properties with swimming pools that aren’t being maintained properly and that are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

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