GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Borough of Greencastle officials are politely asking residents to comply with the borough's sign and nuisance ordinances this spring, in the hope that doing so can avoid policing complaints for overgrown weeds, sandwich-board signs and trash.
Borough Manager Ken Womack said in the spring, residents start to complain about nuisance and sign ordinance violations.
Often those complaints go directly to the Greencastle Borough Police, expending valuable public safety resources on minor issues, he said.
Police Chief John Phillippy said that in the warmer months, abandoned or discarded objects, including furniture, appliances and barrels, appear in yards throughout the borough. Weeds, brush and grass also become problems, he said.
"Every year in the spring, we receive a substantial number of complaints about overgrown weeds, brush or grass, as well as excessive junk, trash or debris," he said.
It is expensive for the borough to pay its staff to cut weeds, haul trash and remove brush, said Public Facilities Chairman Harry Foley.