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It is the time of year for residents to purchase the 2019 Jenkins Twp. stickers for refuse and recycling services through County Waste. The Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors was able to keep the pricing the same as 2018.

The sticker prices are based on the size of the bin the resident owns, a small bin, 35 gallons, is $120; medium bin, 65 gallons, is $240, and a large bin, 95 gallons, is $280. Bulk stickers are also available for sale. Residents must purchase a full sheet of six stickers for $30.

Residents no longer have to schedule a pick-up with County Waste for bulk items. Just place items out on Monday evening or by approximately 6 a.m. on Tuesdays for bulk sticker items to be picked up. The following items are not accepted: tires, building materials, automobile parts and electronics.

All transactions must be complete by January 31, 2019 or residents will face penalty fees.

There is a $40 discount for property owners 65 and older as of Dec. 31, 2018 or anyone who can provide proof of a disability.

Jenkins Twp. now accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards. If you choose to pay with a credit card, a consumer fee of 3 percent will be applied for each transaction.

Effective Dec. 3, a new payment plan will be offered, and will only be accepted for payments made in full until Jan. 31, 2019. If any resident chooses to make payments, final payment will not be accepted after the Jan. 31, 2019 deadline.

Any resident failing to pay in full by the deadline will face a $10 late fee, effective Feb. 1, 2019. A delinquent notice will be sent out to the resident and if payment is not made in full by May 1, 2019, another $10 late fee will be added and anyone who hasn’t paid their 2019 fee at that time will be sent a final notice and may face legal action. June 1, 2019, all unpaid charges or balances will be sent to the Jenkins Twp. Police Department for enforcement and issuance of a citation and/or filing of a municipal lien for noncompliance of the Refuse and Recycling Ordinance.

Anyone who wishes to upgrade their service to the next size may do so by bringing proof of the current sticker for the bin size and a copy of the paid invoice to the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Office, 46 ½ Main St., Inkerman.

For information please contact the municipality at 570-654-3315.

Christmas parties

Santa will be making surprise visits for holiday parties in Jenkins and Pittston townships.

Jenkins Twp. will host a children’s Christmas party from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 15, at the Jenkins Hose Co., 2 Second St. The party is free to all children to come and see Santa, give him your Christmas list and even get a present.

The Pittston Twp. Board of Supervisors and Recreation Board also will host a Christmas party for the children of the township. It is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the St. Joseph Marello Parish Center, 237 William St. Santa Claus will make a visit and there also will be games, prizes, refreshments and more. Residents are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food bank.

Landlord/tenant registration

Jenkins Twp. reminds landlords that tenant registration forms are now past due.

A new ordinance requires all landlords to file reports listing all rentable units, tenants or occupiers and any change requiring occupancy permits and inspections of all rental units prior to occupancy. The township sent out letters to explain the ordinance in detail. If you did not submit your registration form, second notices are being sent out.

Submit forms to the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Office or at For information, call the municipal building at 570-654-3315 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Jenkins hat sale

Jenkins Twp. is now selling hats that come in purple and yellow for $10. If anyone would like to purchase one, you may pick it up between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the municipal building 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Jenkins Twp. yard waste

As of Nov. 29, yard waste collection is now over and will resume again in April 2019.

Jenkins Twp. wishes to thank all residents who participated in such a great recycling program.

Jenkins Crime Watch

The next Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46 ½ Main St., Inkerman.

Jenkins meeting

The Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors meets at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman, at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Laborer position available

The Jenkins Twp. Department of Public Works is seeking a full time laborer. Job duties include collection of yard waste, park maintenance, snow plowing and additional manual labor. Applicants must have a CDL license. Applications are available at the municipal building 46½ Main St. Inkerman, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pittston Twp. meeting

The monthly meeting of the Pittston Twp. Board of Supervisors will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the municipal building, 421 Broad St., Pittston Twp.

For information, please call 570-654-0161.

Pittston Twp. snow removal

Pittston Twp. residents are reminded the placement of any portable basketball goals or stands on any township roadway is strictly prohibited between Nov. 1 and March 31. Township road maintenance trucks have been damaged during snow plowing operations due to collisions with these types of equipment on township-owned roadways.

Tax reminder

The face period for 2018 Pittston Area school tax bills has ended.

The tax office at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St., will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Special arrangements may be made by calling Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710. Payments can be sent anytime in the mail or dropped off at 3 Laflin Road. The postmark will be accepted as payment date. If a receipt is required, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment.

Pittston Twp. Tax Collector Rita Timonte will now have office hours from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at her home office, 12 E. Oak St. Appointments also may be made by calling 570-654-8807.

If you are a new property owner and have not yet received your bill, or if you received a bill in error, please contact your tax collector.

Jenkins Twp. Hose

Company fund drive

The Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company is conducting its 2018 fundraising drive. Approximately 70 percent of the operating budget is supported by donations from Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville residents and businesses. It is through these donations that the volunteer fire department is able to continue operations.

If you have not received a mailer, please contact the Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company at 570-655-5045 and leave your name and address.

Jenkins seniors

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization meets the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions.

New members are always welcome. For information, contact Jean Mudlock at 570-654-9710.

Pittston Twp. refuse and

recycling reminders

Pittston Twp.’s refuse permit and garbage bag sale has concluded. Anyone who hasn’t purchased a permit should contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Garbage collection days are Friday of each week for all of Pittston Twp.

Recycling days will continue to be Friday of alternating weeks.

Pittston Twp. wishes to remind its residents that no one, under any circumstances, may dispose of electronic devices or their components with their municipal solid waste. Electronics include desktop computers, laptop computers, video game consoles, microwave ovens and especially televisions.

For information, contact the municipal building at 570-654-0161.

Pittston Twp. sewer bills

Pittston Twp. Sewer Authority reminds residents the sewer bills can be paid by calling 877-830-0596.

Residents also are reminded they must obtain a sewer permit before starting to excavate for connection to the new sewer main.

Furthermore, the $1,432 tap-in and connection fee must be paid in full. Office hours are 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

Call 570-655-8747 for an appointment.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday this week to: Mike Ramsey and Kyle Callahan, Dec. 3; Geri Gibbons, Shane Ostroski, Mickey O’Donovan, Lisa Alexandria and Corey Gazoo, Dec. 4; Megan DiVenti, April Holland, Sarah Seashock, Michael Bosco and Jami-Lyn Garey, Dec. 5; Michael L. Rossi, Michael Coolbaugh, Aressa Grady, Eric Hoffman and Amanda Knowles Lombardo, Dec. 6; Maureen Giorgio, Rob Basara, Francesca DiBiasi and Jillian Rubinstein, Dec. 7; Mackenzie Gasper, Michael Joseph, Jeff Urbanski, Chris Boyko and MaryBeth Pacchioni, Dec. 8; Tina Yohey Collins and Diane Shannon-Jones, Dec. 9.

Make it a great one!

Wise Words of the Week

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Robert Kennedy

Nico Rossi writes about Jenkins Twp. and Pittston Twp. every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To include an item in his column, email or call 570-348-9100, ext. 5202 by Monday.