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Jackson Twp. addresses developer issues

Supervisors also adopt new Tradespersons Licensing Ordinance that includes fee.

JACKSON TWP. – Supervisors agreed Monday to seek legal avenues to resolve ordinance issues with a developer and approved a new Tradesperson Licensing Ordinance.

Issues revolving around storm-water runoff, road requirements and bonding have been left unchanged by developer John Pieczynski of Heritage Hills Est. Inc., supervisors said.

Chairman John Wilkes Jr. said three main issues have not been resolved with Pieczynski. During previous meetings, residents neighboring Heritage Hills complained of rain water runoff washing through their properties.

Back in January, the supervisors denied taking over roads from the developer because they said the roads did not meet PennDOT specifications for construction. Attorney Jeffery Malak said there has been a problem with bonding for financial services with the developer.

“We are trying to look out for our residents,” Wilkes said.

Supervisors gave Malak permission to try to resolve these issues through legal methods. Malak said he hopes the issues will be remedied soon.

The Tradesperson Licensing Ordinance, which will replace the Contractors Registration Ordinance, was approved by supervisors.

The new ordinance requires contractors, sub-contractors, electricians and plumbers to pay $125 to work in the township, and they must provide proof of licensing testing. Malak said that currently Wilkes-Barre city and Hanover Township are requiring the testing.

Before giving his approval, Supervisor David Roskos asked why the fee seemed so high. Malak said the $125 fee is actually lower than many nearby municipalities.

In other business, problems with non-residents and residents dropping off non-recyclable items could cause the township to lose its recycling program. Wilkes said items such as air conditioners and a plastic shed have been found mixed in with recyclables.

Flyers are being circulated to inform residents about what is collected on recycling days. This information is also found on the township’s Web site, www.jacksontwpluzco.com.

He said the last recycling day was heavily policed and one individual, who intended to drop off household trash, was escorted out.

Supervisors agreed to hire Molly Murphy as temporary recycling attendant as of July 13. Murphy will work as needed, earning $7.25 per hour, Wilkes said.

Murphy will log where the residents are from and how much is being recycled. This information could help the township in applying for grants, Wilkes said.

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