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Washington Township crews to clean up junkyard

February 06, 2013

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Washington Township, Pa., crews on Monday received authorization to clean up debris outside the designated boundaries of a junkyard on Pa. 316 South.

The township supervisors voted Monday to fine junkyard owner Bruce Neibert $500 a day for violating the agreement under which refuse must be kept behind his treeline. They said township crews will clean up the area.

The supervisors criticized him after looking at pictures that show items along his driveway. They already denied Neibert’s 2013 permit application based on the same reasons.

Neibert talked to the supervisors on Monday and asked for leniency. He said their mailed notice did not give him enough time to do clean-up, which he said was further hindered by poor weather.

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“You need to have a little bit of compassion,” Neibert said.

“Where has been your compassion to abide by the regulations?” asked Jeff Geesaman, chairman of the supervisors.

Neibert said he prefers to keep his truck outside the designated eight-acre junkyard, bringing items out to it.

He said this prevents flat tires.

The supervisors have denied Neibert’s permit previously. He was cited in the past, and the township holds $5,000 of Neibert’s money in an escrow account designated for cleaning up the property, as will happen this week.

— Jennifer Fitch

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