Supervisor Michael Marshall questioned why Zampetti didn’t take earlier action and why zoning violations weren’t issued to the property owner long ago. An agitated Zampetti responded by saying that these things take time and the property owner will be held accountable. To this, many in the audience shouted and booed at him.
Several residents, red-faced and angry, shouted from their seats that the township is doing nothing to enforce the zoning laws. In addition to the apartment complex, other properties are in violation of nuisance laws, abandoned with overgrown lawns filled with garbage and rats and green swimming pools filled with mosquitoes, they said.
Dominick Serratore pleaded with the board to do something about his neighbor’s property where, he says, a commercial business is being run on a residential lot. The Charter Drive resident remarked that he cannot see backing out of his driveway because of trucks, trailers, and debris on his neighbor’s land.
Capitol Hill residents noted again that speeding is an issue in their neighborhood, as did Randy Case about South Main Road. Case had been before the board last year to raise the issue of speeding and the safety concerns it brings.
“We’d like to thank the police for what they do, but we need speeding enforcement on South Main,” Case said May 9, again comparing those who drive on his road with race car drivers.
In other business, the board received the resignation of Amanda Smith from the township’s planning commission. At the board of supervisors’ reorganizational meeting in January, Amanda’s mother, Candace Smith lost her longtime position on the planning commission. Marshall, who beat Smith for the seat in the November election, made the motion to remove Smith then, calling it a conflict of interest, and was backed by the board, 3 to 2.
At the May 9 meeting, Marshall read Amanda Smith’s letter of resignation which stated that, with a longtime commission member not being reappointed, “for no logical reason, I feel the planning commission is headed in the wrong direction.”
The board also received a letter of resignation from Dominick Aufiero, from the board of directors of the Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority. While he had severed on the board for 26 years, the last year has been trying and things were done not in everyone’s best interest, the letter stated.
Welebob announced that the township will now be looking for people to replace both Smith and Aufiero. In addition, the township has still not found a replacement for retired zoning officer Joseph Holmes.
Marshall reported that the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department answered 24 calls in April and conducted routine maintenance of equipment and completed hazardous materials training. An open house for the fire department was held on May 7 and the annual bazaar is scheduled for June 10 to 12.
The Wright Township Police handled 277 calls in April, including four thefts, two fraud charges, one narcotics charge, as well as issued 10 traffic citations and two warnings, Supervisor Jerry Uram reported. The fire police handled 25 calls, including eight accidents, four fires, and 10 false alarms.
The parks and recreation board walked through the township park recently, noting areas to be improved, stated Supervisor Colleen Macko. She then asked the board to approve Brianna Burford as director for the summer park program, which it did. Burford served as director of the program last year as well.
The public works department completed eight requests for work last month, replaced drainage pipes on two streets, repaired shoulders on two roads, cut overhanging branches on township roadways, and entertained children on government day, reported Welebob.