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“We shouldn’t be held captive in that industrial park,” she said.

Zampetti stated he would contact Northeast Signal to come out and inspect the light. The company can look inside a box connected to the light pole to determine if the timing is off, he said.

“It needs to be adjusted or there’s going to be a big, big accident,” Dillon said.

Tom Stavitzski, of Rebel Hill Road in Walden Park, spoke for his group of concerned neighbors. He began by telling the board how he is pleased with nearly all areas of township government, from how well his roads are plowed to how quickly police officers respond to problems.

However, Stavitzski said, he called the zoning officer over a month ago about a “nuisance property” on his street and the issue hasn’t been addressed. He described the land and house –which the previous tenant has abandoned –as being surrounded by garbage from old mattresses to dirty diapers. Raccoons have scavenged there, he said.

“It’s disgusting, it really is,” Stavitzski told the board, as he showed supervisors pictures of the site on his phone.

Township Zoning Officer Joe Holmes stated he received calls about the unkempt property but didn’t have the address of the landowner to contact him. Solicitor Michael Kostelansky told Holmes to find out where the land’s tax bills are being sent. Then, the owner can be issued a notice that his property is a nuisance.

Holmes went on that he believes he did find the proper address for the owner, at his home in Rice Township. Zampetti told the zoning officer to send the owner a notice of violation both by regular and certified mail. From there, the owner should have 15 days to comply.

Stavitzski expressed irritation that his calls to the zoning office about the property a month ago weren’t returned and that it took coming to the township meeting for action. If the issue isn’t handled soon, he said, he’ll report it to the county’s Board of Health.

“Good luck doing that, they won’t do anything,” Zampetti replied.

In other business, the board agreed to apply for a local share grant from the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development to correct stormwater drainage on several roads in Walden Park and to pave some roads there. The grant is for $781,105.

The Wright Township Police handled 354 incidents in October, including four burglaries and two thefts. Officers issued 27 traffic citations and investigated five accidents, stated Supervisor Candace Smith. The fire police handled four fires and four accidents, she said.

The department of public works completed berm work, pothole patching, tree removal, stop-sign replacement, and readied snow plows, Zampetti related. He asked that residents remove basketball hoop stands from roadways before the snow starts, so the roads are clear for snow plows.

The township completed one round of leaf pickup throughout the area and will conduct another over the next three weeks. The Mountaintop Area Council of Governments will close its compost facility at the end of November.

Lights at the park’s tennis and basketball courts will be on from 4:30 to 7:30 p. m. from now until Nov. 27, reported Supervisor Jerome Uram. After that time, the courts will no longer be lit at night during the winter. The lighting of the Christmas tree at the township park will be on Dec. 5, Uram continued, adding that the parks and recreation committee will talk to Santa Claus to see if he could attend.