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St. Clair Township council discusses concern about Megan's Law violations

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:04 p.m.

Residents and council members at the St. Clair township meeting voiced concern pertaining to two past violations of Megan's Law that took place in the township,.

Police Sgt. Don Hess, who was filling in for the police chief, pointed out the past occurrences. Both had taken place within the past six months, with the most recent in the past month.

Under Megan's Law, registered sex offenders are to notify authorities of any change in address so that law enforcement officials can make the public aware of the situation. Neither of the offenders had made the proper notification.

Township Solicitor Judith Ciszek asked Sgt. Hess how local police are notified that a sex offender has moved into the area. “The state police are supposed to notify us, yes,” Hess answered. “In these two cases we did discover it on our own.”

Since the violations occurred, the perpetrators, who were not originally from the area, have been caught. One is now in the county jail and the other is awaiting trial.

Other items discussed:

• Residents asked council if something could be done about the guard rail jutting into the roadway on Fifth Street. Council agreed this was a problem. A motion was made to check the guardrail and the hole in the underpass to begin rectifying the problem.

• The next household hazardous waste drop-off is Oct. 5 in Youngwood. A motion to sponsor the Westmoreland Cleanways for $25 so that St. Clair residents can drop household items for free. Flyers with more information will be posted.

• Council made a tentative motion to accept a bid to fix the paving on Fifth Street.

The next township meeting is 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

Alice White is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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