Collier and state officials are utilizing surveillance equipment to put a damper on illegal dumping that has been occurring for years throughout the 13-square-mile township.
The state's Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful program, which aims to keep the commonwealth looking its best, has provided the township with high-tech cameras to record illegal dumping. The cameras record vehicle license plate numbers and catch violators in the act of discarding unwanted items.
Recently, the cameras caught three offenders, who have been issued citations. None of them lives in Collier.
Albert J. Spader, 28, of Scott was cited July 30 with prohibited dumping. Corwin Consentino, 47, and Danielle Cosentino, 39, of South Fayette were cited similarly Aug. 12. Collier Police Chief Tom Devin said the couple's charges were filed under the spelling of their names as they appear on their drivers' licenses.
Mr. Spader was caught dumping a recliner, while the South Fayette couple was ditching a microwave oven and television.
Each faces a hearing before District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet of South Fayette. Maximum fines of $1,000 each could be imposed, and dumpers must pay the costs to dispose of the items.
"Taxpayers are paying good money to pick up after these irresponsible people," said Collier manager Sal Sirabella, adding that such dumping blights the community's landscape.
Noting that the surveillance cameras can be moved as needed throughout the township, Mr. Sirabella emphasized that Collier is committed to getting out this message: "If you dump in Collier, you are going to get caught, investigated and charged."
Mr. Sirabella was appreciative of the assistance from the state.
"We thank Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful for doing what they do best, helping to keep Collier Township and our entire commonwealth beautiful," he added.
Allegheny County is one of five Pennsylvania counties participating in the pilot surveillance camera program.
Questions concerning proper disposal or recycling for any items may be answered by calling the Allegheny County Health Department at 412-687-2243 or visiting www.achd.net.neigh_west
Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.