ATLAS - Residents of Mount Carmel Township would be required to purchase a permit to host yard sales under the terms of a proposed ordinance.

According to the proposal, a $5 permit would be required for anyone hosting more than two yard sales in a calendar year.

Supervisor Chairman Charles Gasperetti said during Wednesday's monthly board meeting the proposal is meant to prevent people from "running a store in their yards" without paying a tax.

A second proposed ordinance would boost the cost of parking tickets in the township. Routine parking violations would increase from $10 to $15. Violations would also be established for handicapped parking, with fines ranging between $50 and $100. There are no handicapped parking violations currently in place, according to township police Chief Brian Hollenbush.

Both ordinances will be advertised and voted on at future meetings. It takes two separate affirmative votes to adopt or amend an ordinance.

Blight fix, issues

A bid was accepted to tear down three dilapidated properties on West Saylor Street.

Ferdinand Diminick Contracting, Danville, will be paid $15,500 to demolish 112, 116 and 118 W. Saylor St. The bid was unanimously accepted Wednesday by Mount Carmel Township Supervisors Gasperetti, Reynold Scicchitano and Joseph Zanella.

The township will pay $7,750 for the demolition, with the Northumberland County Housing Authority paying the rest, according to Gasperetti.

The properties were purchased for $1 each from the Northumberland County Tax Claims Bureau.

A paving contract was formally approved. M&J Excavation Inc., Bloomsburg, will receive $38,450 to restore Laurel, Mulberry and Saylor streets in Atlas, perform inlet work on Mulberry Street, and patch Vermont Drive and Missouri Lane in Den-Mar Gardens.

Code officer Don Geary said the owner of the former St. Mary's Roman Catholic School, Marion Heights, is facing a public nuisance charge. The building was badly damaged by fire in June. Geary said John Pickens, of Danville, had 30 days to take action.

Employees

Ed Amarose, of Atlas, was hired as a part-time street department employee. He will replace Nate Wagner, whose last day is today. Gasperetti said Amarose will work between 20 and 30 hours weekly. His hourly wage was not set Wednesday. The lowest starting rate is $7.75 hourly, Gasperetti said. The position does not come with any employee benefits.

Gasperetti was approved to become the township's interim emergency management coordinator. Frank Amarose's resignation was accepted Wednesday. He was reappointed to the position in January. Solicitor Vincent Rovito said he would look to see if any conflicts of interest exist since Gasperetti, who abstained from the vote, is also a township supervisor.

A township employee continues to work on maintenance projects at the township police station. Gasperetti said it's allowed the supervisors to avoid hiring a subcontractor thus far, and Hollenbush said he is pleased with the work. Also, a part-time roadmaster has not been hired. Gasperetti said a new daily self-accounting system for street department employees has been successful in documenting details of each employee's work day. He said the money that would have been used on the position could potentially fund one or two additional part-timers with the street crew.

Improvement projects

SEDA-COG was approved to lead Phase 8 of housing rehabilitation services in Mount Carmel Township, using $350,000 in grant funds. There have been 135 homes rehabilitated in the first six phases, and another nine involved in the seventh phase. Preference for rehabilitation will be given to township residents with very low income. Inquire at the township office.

A storm water improvement project in the village of Strong was approved. John Buccanelli, township engineer, said two water inlets would be installed on East Street near Route 61 and Second Street. He said it should prevent flooding and ice buildup in the winter in that area. Czop Specter, Norristown, is the project engineer.

The supervisors voted to permit the owners of 209 Park Ave., Marion Heights, to excavate a "paper road" to install new sewer lines. The land is owned by Susquehanna Coal Co. A neighboring land owner, Rich Mychak, expressed concern about the condition the road would be left in. He said he's cared for it over the years, seeding it and mowing grass in the area. Gasperetti said the township could ask the contractor to grade and seed the road when the project is finished. Mychak said he was interested in having the road vacated by the township, allowing him to potentially acquire half of the "paper road."

Festival planned

The inaugural Mount Carmel Township Italian/Tyrolean Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Atlas Fire Co. A parade will also be held. Supervisors agreed to close Laurel Street and the 300 block of West Saylor Street during the event. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Atlas Fire Co. truck and apparatus fund. (See story page 7).

Barletta outreach

A representative of U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta will visit the township municipal building at 300 Laurel St. for community outreach from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. Township residents are urged to visit.

Municipal business and public announcements are posted at www.mountcarmeltownship.org.