Mehoopany repeals junk car ordinance
BY MATT VINE
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Mehoopany Township repealed a junk car ordinance at an end-of-the-year meeting Thursday night.
Mehoopany township supervisor Bill Henning said that this ordinance was hurting the township’s funding.
A junk car ordinance was passed in 2002. Henning said at a Dec. 12 meeting that ordinance helped prevent old vehicles from accumulating onto peoples’ properties.
Henning said that the state told all the townships to stop the ordinance or lose some funding.
“The state dictated to us that if we don’t remove the junk car ordinance soon,” Henning said. “We will lose some money from the state.”
Also a 2013 budget was approved at $618,637 Thursday night. The millage stayed the same at four mills. The vote was unanimous with the two supervisors present and Eloise Day, absent because of family duties.
Henning also mentioned that township sewer rates will be increasing an additional $5 a month.
“A reason for the increase in sewer rates is for the upkeep for the sewage treatment facility and equipment,” Henning said.
Brandy Astacio, who was an auditor for Mehoopany for a year and a half, resigned at Thursday’s meeting.
According to a letter that she wrote to township supervisors on Christmas day, her working conditions with one auditor was the reason for her to resign.
During the meeting, Henning said that Astacio was a very interested citizen who cared about the township.
“We are accepting this resignation with regret,” Henning said. “I like how the letter was professionally written.”
A reorganization meeting is scheduled for Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. at the township’s municipal building.