ATLAS - A quality of life ordinance was passed Wednesday by Mount Carmel Township supervisors in an effort to combat blight.

Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the ordinance which is designed to deal with problems such as failure to maintain properties, littering, improperly storing trash and junk vehicles.

The ordinance gives the code enforcement officer, police officers and any other public employee designated by the supervisors the power to issue violation tickets. Fines will be $25 for the first violation, $50 for the second, $100 for the third and $150 for each violation thereafter within a 12-month period.

If the fine is not paid within 10 days, the ticket will become a citation and will be forwarded to the magisterial district judge, who could set a fine of $500 to $1,000 if the violator is found guilty.

In addition, if the township or a third party solves the problem causing the violation, the judge can award restitution or put a municipal lien against the property.

The ordinance's passage highlghted a 30-minute meeting which also included a discussion with SEDA-COG's Jamie Shrawder on engineering proposals to demolish buildings in Atlas and a stormwater project in Strong, all paid for with Community Development Block Grant money.

Supervisors Charles Gasperetti, Joseph Zanella and Reynold Scicchitano tabled awarding the proposals pending review by the board and solicitor Vincent Rovito.

Also addressing the board was Shane Green from Experience Works on how the organization's program could benefit the township.

Experience Works provides workers 55 and over to businesses and agencies under an on-the job training program. Wages and workmen's comprehensive insurance are paid by Experience Works. The supervisors said they will look over the material presented.

In other business:

- Supervisors approved sending a letter of intent to the Governor's Center for Local Government Services to request technical assistance in studying the effectiveness of a Regional Police department consolidation. Shamokin, Coal Township, Kulpmont and Zerbe Township have also approved the letter of intent while Ralpho Township has not.

- A motion was approved to allow supervisor Joseph Zanella to use a signature stamp on township paperwork, and making him the only one authorized to use the stamp.

- The VFW Little League Baseball team was given permission to use the Strong field on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday through the spring and summer months.

- Residents were informed that directional parking will be enforced in the township starting Tuesday, April 1, and that a representative of Congressman Lou Barletta's office will conduct a community outreach program from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.