Township supervisors to cite junkyard owner for alleged violations

July 02, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Washington Township's effort to force a junkyard owner to clean up his property is headed to court.

The Washington Township Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to cite Bruce Neibert Jr. for allegedly violating three township ordinances - zoning, junkyard and nuisance.

Solicitor John Lisko was authorized to file citations against Neibert with a district magistrate.

Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Zeigler said the township has tried for about 10 years to get Neibert to clean up his property. Neibert has been warned before, but this is the first time the township has taken him to court, Zeigler said.

Someone who answered the phone at Neibert's home immediately after the township meeting said he would not be home for a while.


Zeigler suggested revoking Neibert's junkyard license as motivation for him to comply, but Supervisor James Kirby was skeptical.

"We've got to have a junkyard somehow," Kirby said.

Lisko also wasn't convinced.

"Then you'd find junk all along the road," Lisko said. "You need junkyards, but you need them to be run properly."

Zeigler said Neibert has the only legal junkyard in the township. He is licensed to run a junkyard on about eight acres, but the junk has spread onto his father's property, Zeigler said.

Neibert has cleaned up the land in the past, hauling away many tons of items, but it quickly fills up again, Zeigler said.

In recent months, the township supervisors have pressed at least three other people to clean up junk or unlicensed vehicles on their property.

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