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Christmas tree collection

Jenkins Twp. will collect Christmas trees Thursdays during January.

Christmas party

photos available

Jenkins Twp. announced photos taken at the township Christmas party can be picked up at the municipal building during regular hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Office closure

The Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jenkins trash fee

The 2020 Jenkins Twp.’s 2020 refuse and recycling stickers through County Waste are available for purchase.

There will be discount sticker pricing for senior citizens or anyone with a disability. The senior prices for each cart size are as follows: 35-gallon (small cart) is $100, a 65-gallon (medium cart) is $230 and a 95-gallon (large cart) is $280.

The prices for all other residents are as follows: 36- and 65-gallon carts, $250 and 95-gallon cart, $300. The 2020 refuse and recycling payment must be paid in full by Jan. 31. If payment is not made in full by this date, a $10 late fee will be added to the cost of the cart, effective Feb. 1. If you do not pay by Feb. 28, you will be subject to legal action. As of March 1, all unpaid charges or balances will be forwarded to the Jenkins Twp. Police Department for enforcement and issuance of citations.

A payment plan will be accepted. However, payment plans will only be accepted for payments made in full by Jan. 31. If you fail to pay you will be charged the late fee of $10 and a delinquent notice will be sent. If you fail to pay by Feb. 28, you will be subject to citation.

If anyone wishes to upgrade their service to the next size, you may do so with proof of your current sticker for the cart size and a copy of the paid invoice brought to the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Bulk stickers also are available for sale. You must purchase a full sheet of six stickers for $30. Pickups no longer need to be scheduled with County Waste. Please place your items out Monday evening or Tuesday morning by 6 a.m. Items that will not be accepted include tires, building materials, automobile parts and electronics.

Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance membership

The Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance announced the 2020 membership cards have been mailed to residents of Pittston City, Jenkins Twp., Yatesville and Exeter Borough.

The Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the 2019 membership drive.

Congratulations also are in order as the Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance received the 2019 Pennsylvania Department of Health EMS Agency of the Year award.

For information about the membership cards or about ambulance service, call 570-654-1202.

PTAA news

The Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association’s 2020 membership drive is underway. The requested membership donation remains at $35 per residential household.

Having an ambulance membership permits the PTAA to waive any costs the patient’s insurance does not cover for both basic and advanced life support emergency medical services. A membership is active for a full calendar year and covers all persons residing in a common household, along with any visiting guests.

Residents of the new Boulevard Station Apartments on North Township Blvd. can stop by the apartment business office and obtain a membership brochure. The association thanks Calamar Development for its assistance with the membership drive.

Anyone who has not received a membership brochure is asked to contact the ambulance association at 570-654-4717 or email at info@pittstontownshipems.com and one will be mailed.

The membership drive will close Saturday, Feb. 29.

The ambulance service has a new EMS provider on staff. Mia Vitali is an EMT with multiple years experience in emergency services and is now going through the association’s orientation program. PTAA is currently seeking additional EMS providers and has one full-time position open. Qualified persons can submit an application online at www.ptaa-ems.com by using the “Employment/Volunteering” link. Deadline for filing an application is Saturday, Jan. 11.

The ambulance board of directors and EMS staff will hold its annual winter social Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Dupont Hose Company. Staff members will be acknowledged for their service.

PTAA is continuing its fundraiser through the AmazonSmile Foundation Website, with a small percentage of your purchase on eligible items on Amazon going to a charitable organization of your choice such as PTAA. To participate, go to Smile.Amazon.com, log in with your Amazon user name and password and in the search bar type in Pittston Twp. Ambulance Association. The name will appear and the year it started, 1977. Once you’ve selected it, the website will redirect you to Amazon.com, where you go about your normal shopping.

Jenkins Twp. Hose

Company fund drive

The Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company is currently holding its 2020 fund drive. The hose company can’t thank the residents of Jenkins Twp. enough for their generosity, as approximately 70% of the company’s operating budget is supported by donations from local businesses and residents of Jenkins Twp. and Yatesville Borough. According to the hose company, it is with these donations that it can provide the vital service of firefighting.

Residents can mail the donation or drop it off at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company at 2 Second St., Pittston. If you haven’t received a mailer, please contact the Jenkins Twp. Volunteer Hose Company at 570-655-5045.

Jenkins zoning information

Jenkins Twp. Zoning Officer JoElle Dougherty reminds residents that work being done on property, such as house additions, decks, pools, sidewalks and driveways, may require permits. Building permits also are required for roof, window, plumbing and electrical work. For information, call JoElle at 570-654-3315.

Notice also is given to all businesses in the township that signs cannot be placed on poles or in the ground anywhere within Jenkins Twp. Doing so is considered a violation and is subject to fines.

Jenkins tax reminder

Jenkins Twp. Tax Collector Jean Mudlock announced the 2019 tax records are now closed. There are no tax office hours until the 2020 tax bills are mailed.

Any payments being made now must be sent to Northeast Revenue, 200 N River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706. For information, call 570-654 9710.

Pittston Twp. yard waste

and bulk collections

Yard waste collections have concluded for the year.

Pittston Twp. residents are reminded bulk item collection is limited to 12 items per year with a yellow sticker. Bulk item pickup is allowed at one item per month per residence.

Jenkins Twp. yard waste

Jenkins Twp.’s red yard waste containers are available for $11 each at the municipal building.

Yard waste collection has concluded for the year and will resume in April.

Jenkins Twp. meetings

Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors normally meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the municipal building, 46½ Main St., Inkerman.

Jenkins Twp. Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the municipal building. The planning commission normally meets the third Thursday of every month.

For information, call 570-654-3315.

Jenkins Crime Watch news

Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch will not meet in January due to the New Year’s holiday. Therefore, the first meeting of the Jenkins Twp. Crime Watch of 2020 will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building, 46½ Main St. in Inkerman.

The Crime Watch group normally meets the first Wednesday of every month.

Jenkins senior meeting

Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens Organization’s next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St., Pittston. The group normally meets the third Tuesday of every month.

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

Please send news items for the Jenkins Twp./Pittston Twp. column to news@pittstonprogress.com by Monday.