Late-night garbage collection at schools bothers Ross neighbors

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Residents of two neighborhoods in Ross complained to commissioners Monday about problems with their neighbors -- the school district and the township.

Frank Kodrich of First Avenue in the Laurel Gardens neighborhood complained about noise from garbage pickup at North Hills junior and senior high schools, which occurs nightly between 10:30 and 11.

"Imagine what you hear at 10:30 at night," he said.

Mr. Kodrich and Commissioner John Sponcer said residents have not gotten any satisfaction from the school district on changing the pickup time or the location of the trash bins.

Curt Bucher, who lives near Highcliff Elementary, said he has the same issue because garbage is picked up at that school between 9:30 and 10 p.m.

"It's like a bomb going off," he said. "It culminates with this major explosion."

Mr. Bucher said the garbage used to be picked up in the back of the school, which did not bother residents.

But the problem magnified when the containers were moved to the front of the building after the school was renovated.

The township's ordinance allows garbage to be picked up between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. Commissioner Dan DeMarco suggested that maybe it is time to change the ordinance.

"If the school board does not want to be cooperative and help out, maybe we can change the times in the ordinance," he said.

Dan Hankins, director of planning and zoning, said he will look into the archives of when the schools were built to see if there were any conditions on nighttime noise.

In a different matter, Jeremy Wazniak represented residents of Main Boulevard who are upset that runoff from the township-owned portion of the road is affecting the portion of the same road that is owned by the residents.

Mr. Wazniak said the owners of the seven homes on the private end of the street pay $6,000 a year to put new gravel on the road when the old gravel is washed away.

He asked if something could be done to mitigate the runoff.

"We're not asking for a public roadway," he said.

"We just want the damage that this is causing to be fixed."

He said the road "looks like a war zone with the big craters," and two children have been injured by the unsafe conditions in the past four years.

Township manager Doug Sample said he, public works director Mike Funk and engineer Rick Minsterman visited the street and will have a report for commissioners at their April 1 meeting.

Also at the next meeting, commissioners will discuss buying an aerating floating fountain for the pond in Evergreen Park.

Commissioner David Mikec said the pond has a "severe problem in August with fish dying off because of the lack of oxygen in the water."

The fountain would introduce oxygen into the water, he said.


Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer:


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