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Judge gives Pa. man 45 days to clean up property

June 04, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Franklin County judge Monday gave a Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., man and his wife 45 days to move tons of old vehicles, equipment and metal from their property or pay the Washington Township Supervisors to move it for them.

Judge Carol L. Van Horn issued the order against George William Nicholas and Mary Adetra Nicholas. The couple's property is at the intersection of Pennersville Road and Tower Road.

The supervisors, acting on complaints from neighbors, have been after the Nicholas family for more than two years to rid the six-acre property of the junk. Jerry Zeigler, zoning enforcement officer for the township, said Nicholas has old appliances, vehicles, dump trucks, a concrete mixing truck and some cranes lying around his property.

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The supervisors backed off from prosecuting the couple after George William Nicholas filed for bankruptcy. When Nicholas failed to live up to the mandates of the bankruptcy, it was thrown out and the township moved forward with its criminal case, Zeigler has said.

Zeigler told the supervisors Monday night that township officials can remove anything that they consider to be junk. "It's our sole discretions," he said.

"I think he finally understands that we will remove the junk at his cost," Zeigler told the supervisors. "He has 10 days to appeal the judge's decision and 45 days from today to move the junk."

Zeigler said the township will either have its own crews move the junk off Nicholas's property or hire a contractor to do it.

Attempts to reach Nicholas Monday were unsuccessful.

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