The Fell Twp. Supervisors have been using any and all means at their disposal, including initiating legal action, in an ongoing effort to eliminate blighted properties and collect delinquent sewer payments.

The Fell Twp. Supervisors have been using any and all means at their disposal, including initiating legal action, in an ongoing effort to eliminate blighted properties and collect delinquent sewer payments.
And township residents have been taking notice.
During a meeting on Tuesday night, Sept. 4, board chairman Ron Cosklo said the township answering machine was filled to capacity with calls of support for what the supervisors are doing to address these two pressing problems.
"We have never had a response like we have now," he noted.
Last month, the supervisors provided township residents with a list of over two dozen nuisance properties which had been targeted by the township in recent years, along with an account of the actions taken in each case.
Cosklo assured residents that the supervisors didn't intend to stop with these 25 projects, explaining: "Our plan calls for five units to be demo'd or rebuilt every year."
To that end, he stated at the Sept. 4 meeting that the supervisors expect five more dilapidated houses to be turned around by the end of this year.
"We're trying to clean up the town," Cosklo related.
Supervisor Ann Marie Torch then made a motion to demolish a house at 62 Owego St. which is being donated to the township by the owner. She said the house has been vacant for over seven years, and has been the subject of many complaints during that time about stray cats and rats inhabiting it. Her motion was approved unanimously.
Torch noted that the demolition cost is estimated to be $12,500, but she said once it's completed the township will be able to sell the property and get it back on the tax rolls.
The supervisors also announced that the township has been awarded a grant from the county to raze a hazardous structure at 79 Jefferson St., another nuisance property.
"The county estimates that it will be about 60 days before demolition," Torch stated.
Regarding the Simpson Sewer Fund, Cosklo said the township has significantly reduced the number of major delinquents. However, he said there are still 24 accounts remaining with balances of more than $1,000, and it's important that the supervisors continue to pursue those cases until they're paid.
"Otherwise we would have to raise the rates," he pointed out, "and that's not something we want to do."
In another matter at the meeting, the supervisors noted once again that they are still receiving a lot of complaints related to the Fell Inn.
"Especially about the activity taking place outside the bar," Torch offered.