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Salisbury getting aggressive about enforcing codes

Violators will be fined

SALISBURY TWP., Pa. - It's cleanup time in Salisbury Township — or it's "citation city" if the township code enforcement office has anything to say about it.

Following recent township-wide inspections, code enforcement officer Sandy Nicolo told the board of commissioners Thursday he has prepared an extensive list of Salisbury residents whose properties contain unsightly piles of junk, trash, uninspected and abandoned vehicles — and even one property with a tree growing out of the center of an empty, above-ground swimming pool. 

Nicolo's February list includes 21 enforcement notices and three citations being sent to local district justices.

Enforcement notices will go out to two residences on Maumee Avenue for outside junk piles outside along with a couple of properties on Lehigh Avenue noted as containing trash, a junk vehicle and discarded auto parts outside.

Another pair of addresses on Ueberroth Avenue in addition to three each on Fairfax Street and Paxford Road will be cited for junk, trash, uninspected cars, abandoned appliances and car tires.

Nicolo would not speculate on the dollar amounts of fines resulting from the issuance of the citations. 

"We're going to be getting aggressive," she said of the cleanup, especially if unsightly junk lying outside on homeowners' porches and yards continues being eyesores for neighbors. 

He also reminded residents they must secure permits in order to erect any type of outside yard shed or storage building, especially the new 30-foot long tent sheds currently popular. He said that portable carport awnings also require a zoning permit.

Residents having swimming pools without zoning permits also will be sent notices.

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