Quad, dirt bike riding complaints addressed
Glassport officials and some residents are at odds over the riding of dirt bikes and quads.
Residents David Moore and Sean Gray told council at Tuesday night's meeting that they don't see what the problem is with their riding along CSX property in the lower parts of the borough.
Borough officials said they recently have received complaints about dirt bike and quad riders.
Moore said he and other family and friends have ridden dirt bikes in the borough for years, and they do not bother anyone.
“There's no way my (dirt bike) can kick up that much dirt,” Moore said. “That's like my biggest stress reliever, and it's getting taken away from me for one person's actions.”
“You may have to find another stress reliever because it's illegal to ride dirt bikes and bother other people,” Mayor Michael Evanovich replied.
“You may have to come up with another solution for stress. If you're doing damage or you're doing something like that, you shouldn't be doing that. They're not legal to ride on the streets. They're not legal even in the back and you don't own that property.
“Basically you're breaking the law twice because you're trespassing and you're not allowed to ride the bike anyway,” he said.
“The CSX driver sees us riding up and down there and waves hi to us,” Moore said.
“Apparently you're doing some damage because we're getting a lot of calls on it,” Evanovich said. “Find a place you can ride them legally, and truck them or trailer them, get them there and use them. There's no other explanation to give you.”
“If the railroad police catch you, they're going to cite you,” council vice president Eugene Skerkoski said.
After further discussion, borough solicitor Gary Matta said Moore can ride on private property if the owner gives Moore written permission to do so.
Moore said he plans to seek written permission from CSX.
Gray said he and Moore are not riding quads and dirt bikes on borough roads. He said other riders are breaking the law that way.
Councilman Thomas Bradley said sewage customers should expect to see a breakdown of fees included in their next bill from Pennsylvania Municipal Services Co. in an effort to better communicate invoices to residents.
Councilman David Kowalski said the parks and recreation department is sponsoring a dance on Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the youth center near the intersection of Seventh Street and Delaware Avenue. Cost is $5. Tickets are available at the door.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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