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Golf, Wine, Sewage, Ordinances
By Melinda Darrow

Should golf carts and ATV's be allowed on Montrose streets? That was one of the questions raised at the September 6 Montrose Borough Council meeting. Complaints had been coming in regarding these matters, and there are differing opinions as to the resolution. Technically, Officer Hillard reported, such vehicles were not supposed to be allowed on the road at all. However, as some ATV owners live outside of town and need gas, the police have been letting it slide so long as a person is traveling from one destination to another (not merely joyriding) and is not causing a ruckus. The question was raised, however, of how far is a reasonable distance? Another member also raised a valid point: if the borough starts being really strict on small vehicles, what might happen to private vehicles used for plowing in the winter, etc.? Regarding golf carts, there is not yet any official policy. In the end it was agreed upon that decisions will be made on a case by case basis, with the present policy serving as a guide – vehicles moving from one place to another with a purpose, which are not causing any disturbance or problem, will likely be allowed to continue.

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Flood Damaged Homes Abandoned
By Barbara Whitehead

The flood of 2006 may have taken place fifteen months ago, but its ravages are still being dealt with. At their September 4 meeting, one of two major topics the Great Bend Township Supervisors discussed was what to do about flood damaged homes that have not been taken care of. A number of them appear to have been abandoned, with their owners walking away and not dealing with cleaning up. One is scheduled to be sold at a sheriff’s sale; in another case, a new home has been built behind where the old one still stands. Only a few of the damaged houses within the township have been entered into the buyout program. What, then, to do about the damaged structures that have not been repaired or taken down? To start, the property owners will be contacted to let them know that it is their responsibility to have the damaged homes taken down and the debris properly disposed of. If it is not done, the township will proceed with legal action if necessary. The supervisors will check around to see if there are more such buildings than the ones they are aware of.

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