Officials and residents traded ideas a few night ago regarding cleaning up a junkyard whose owner refused to pay the property taxes and also selling it to a conservation group. Mayor Roger Locandro and Committeeman Don Scholl agreed that Smith looking for someone to take ownership or become a hands on partner is the solution to the problem at hand.
Officials wondered why he didn’t sell vehicles in his fenced yard in order to generate money for the taxes, but Locandro and Scholl said it’s complicated. For instance, Scholl said that in order to sell stored buses for scrap, Smith would need to cut them and transport the metal to a scrap yard on a flatbed truck.
The cost of work would exceed the materials price therefore not being a viable way to cash in on all the cars stored at the business location. The mayor also states that Smith would need a Junk Yard license to sell off all the vehicles stored.
Wiseman, a local resident of 26 years states “It’s deteriorated. There are broken windows on the house” on the property and items inside the business shop “has been there six years.” In other words the place has been falling apart ever since Smith took ownership of the property. Wiseman wondered how the township has continued to renew a license despite issues.
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Summarized by: Angel Cruz