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Jenkins Township wishes to remind its residents of an old ordinance, originally adopted by the township supervisors in 1994. Commonly referred to as the “Alarm Ordinance,” the rule requires any Jenkins Twp. resident who has a burglar or fire alarm installed in their home or who has a home with a pre-existing alarm, to register the alarm with the township. A $20 fee is due prior to installation, as well as a $20 yearly fee.

The township announced the fee for the 2017-18 year is due now. This year’s permit runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

For information about the ordinance, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-3315.

According to the township’s Facebook page, the ordinance is available to the public at the municipal building 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Pittston Twp. meeting change

The monthly meeting of the Pittston Township Supervisors has been rescheduled. The meeting, which is usually scheduled for the third Monday of every month, is now rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St.

Hose Company fund drive

Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company is conducting its 2017-18 fund drive. Approximately 70 percent of the operating budget is supported by donations from the residents of Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville Borough, as well as from local businesses. It is through these donations the hose company is able to continue operating.

If you haven’t received a mailer yet, please contact the Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company at 570-655-5045 and leave your name and address.

Lions dinner

Jenkins Twp. Lions Club is hosting a ham dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Jenkins Twp. Fire Hall, 2 Second St. Price for the ham dinner is $10 per person. Takeouts will be available.

For information, call the municipal building at 570-654-3315.

School taxes

The 2017 Pittston Area school tax bills have been mailed to property owners.

During the rebate period, the tax office will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays. The tax office is now at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

There will be no evening hours. However, if these hours are an inconvenience, appointments can be made by calling Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

The discount period expires Sept. 26.

Payments can be sent anytime in the mail. Postmark will be accepted as the payment date. If a receipt is required, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment to the tax office. If you are a new property owner and have not received your bill or if you received a bill in error, please contact the tax collector.

Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte can be contacted at her home office, 12 E. Oak St. or 570-654-8807.

Office hours are scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, or by special appointment. The Pittston Twp. tax office will be closed Sept. 10-17 and will reopen Monday, Sept. 18.

Jenkins multi class reunion

Jenkins Twp. High School, Classes of 1956-59, will host a reunion party at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Tony’s Pizza, City Line Plaza, 1117 Main St., Jenkins Twp.

Price is $25 per person. Payment is past due. For information, please call William at 570-654-4430.

Jenkins yard waste

Jenkins Twp. reminds all residents to put their yard waste in the appropriate containers. Yard waste containers can be similar to the Jenkins Twp. recycling containers. The containers must have perforations in the bottom, handles on each side and cannot have a lid on the top. The cans also cannot be on wheels or exceed 20 gallons. Filled containers cannot weigh more than 30 pounds.

These regulations are in place for workers’ safety.

If you have an excessive amount of yard waste or are cleaning a large area to remove small branches, shrubbery clippings, etc. and need to fill a pickup truck, the Jenkins Twp. Department of Public Works will assist with compost preparation. Call the township building at 570-654-3315 for scheduling.

If you have questions regarding yard waste, please contact the office.

Pittston Twp. yard waste

The 2017 Pittston Twp. refuse permits are past due. If you haven’t purchased a permit yet, contact the township at 570-654-0161.

Residents are reminded that in order for yard waste to be picked up, they must call the office the day before the scheduled collection.

Yard waste will be picked up the first and third Tuesday of each month from residents of Upper and Lower Browntown, Cork Lane, including Tedrick and Market streets west of the bypass; Stauffer Heights, Center Street, Laurel Street, Doty Street, Mill Street, Horizon Estates and Stauffer Pointe.

The second and fourth Tuesday of each month, collection will be for residents of Butler Heights and Route 315, Suscon, Pocono Ridge Estates, Houston City, Glendale, Route 502 and Quail Hill.

Yard waste must be in containers which do not weigh more than 30 pounds. Do not use plastic bags or the yard waste will not be picked up. Paper bags can be used.

Yard waste consists of only grass, leaves and garden debris. Tree branches must be bundled and tied and be no longer than 6 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet in length.

The following items cannot be picked up: rocks, concrete, stone, tree stumps, lumber, plastics, plastic bags and ashes.

For information, please contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Jenkins Twp. Seniors

Meetings of the Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization are held the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions. The September meeting is one of those exceptions. It will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St.

This will be the group’s annual corn roast. Hostesses for the evening are Jean Linskey and Jean Mudlock. Jim and Ruth Musto are in charge of arrangements.

All seniors of the township and nearby areas are invited to attend. New members are always welcome.

For information, please contact Jean at 570-654-9710.

Police Regionalization

According to Jenkins Twp. Supervisor Bob Linskey, the Greater Pittston Police Regionalization Study Group is working on finalizing plans by Oct. 1.

The municipalities involved now include Jenkins Twp., Pittston Twp., Dupont and Laflin. Yatesville is no longer considering joining.

For information, call Linskey at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins Crime Watch

The next Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman. For information, contact Chairman Joe Sperrazza at 570-654-3315.

Jenkins Twp. meetings

Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

The Jenkins Twp. Sewer Authority is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the municipal building.

The Jenkins Twp. Planning Commission is meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the municipal building.

Pittston Twp. Crime Watch

Pittston Twp. Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the municipal building.

Registration remains open.

For information, contact Frank Sciabacucchi at 570-954-0092.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to: Chad Feist and Jared Pizzano, Sept. 11; Patrick Durkin, Laura Plishka, Harry Walk, Frank Redmond, Alyssa Timinski and Robbie Timek, Sept. 12; Lindsay Cristiano, Denise Oliver and Kevin Rogers, Sept. 13; Alicia Sylvester and Aaron Chopyak, Sept. 14; Amber Matinas, Casey Kolankiewicz, Ciara Edwards, Jimmy Solano, Patrick Dessoye, Ashley Cardoni, Keith Fleming, Justin Consagra and Marina Castellino, Sept. 15; Mike Magistro, Brian Sudul and Michael Anderson, Sept. 16; Chad Whitesell and Justin Accordino, Sept. 17.

Wise Words of the Week

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell (American clergyman, 1947-present)

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week. To include an item in his column, email nrossi@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-430-1800 or 570-821-2002 by Monday.