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Abandoned, foreclosed homes worry East Deer residents

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:51 a.m.

The residents who packed the East Deer Commissioners' meeting on Tuesday night are hoping for solutions soon on a laundry list of problems presented.

Robert Suadawski, speaking for a number of residents with young children, expressed concern about abandoned and foreclosed homes in the township becoming unsafe for curious, neighboring youngsters and a place for stray animals to inhabit.

Commissioners Chairman Tony Taliani said that banks take over foreclosed properties, but usually don't perform maintenance.

Taliani added that the township had demolished eight of 10 targeted structures, but demolition costs have escalated because landfills won't take certain building materials.

Other residents complained of suspicious activity on various streets, indicating possible drug activity.

Officials told residents to call the police with vehicle license plate numbers and times of the day when the activity takes place.

Some residents complained of neighbors arguing and gathering at bus stops in the morning, including those without children who hang around at the bus stops.

Police Chief John Mancini said he has a game plan to monitor the bus stops when school begins in the fall.

Several residents complained about paintball games taking place near the township's riverfront park, inhibiting residents who like to walk in the mornings or let their children play in the park.

One resident read a statement by the American Paintball Association that recommends paintballers get permission from property owners and to stay away from public lands.

Taliani said the area along the park and walking trail is too small for paintball games.

Residents, however, complimented Mancini and his officers for quick responses and were happy with the progress of the Murrayhill Road replacement project.

Officials said the Murrayhill project should be done by the end of the month.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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