Getting property back on the tax rolls is a priority for the township, Administrator Debra Millikin said after the Wednesday, August 12 council meeting.
The township has a number of lots, most of them substandard and unbuildable, that were acquired through foreclosure over the years.
Millikin received permission from council to pursue selling the properties.
“It’s a pretty long list,” she said.
To sell a substandard lot, the township must offer it to the adjoining property owners to merge with their lots. Often the adjoining owners split the lot between them, each acquiring more land.
A few of the lots are theoretically buildable, but some are landlocked so would also only be of value to adjoining owners. Some may actually have buildable value, Millikin said.
An ordinance to sell the properties will be on a future agenda, Millikin said.
Also on a future agenda will be an ordinance to regulate food trucks.
The township presently has nothing on the books directly related to food trucks, which are becoming more common.
“We have a peddlers and solicitors ordinance,” Mayor Eric Wilsusen said, but Township Attorney Tom Ryan advised adopting an ordinance for the trucks, calling for health inspections for particular events. He will draw up a draft ordinance for one of the September meetings.
Council will also seek revisions to the township sick leave policy. Wilsusen said there were discrepancies in the various labor contracts.
By the council meeting, all power was restored in the township, Wilsusen said. He said some Verizon and Optimum customers were still without service.
The tropical storm blew down large trees that took out a substation’s transmission lines, he said, causing a great deal of the damage.
“We have some massive trees,” he noted, adding everybody likes them and doesn’t want the power company to take them down until there is a storm.
The mayor described the first “live” council meeting in months as successful. Because council members and professionals have to social distance, it could be a problem if many members of the public turn out for a future meeting, he said.