Greensburg Laurels & Lances
On the “Watch List”: The Jeannette Glass plant cleanup. As expected, Zion Bullitt is appealing a judge's ruling upholding the sale of the dilapidated plant. What wasn't common knowledge is that the consent order reached with Zion to clean up the property has an escape clause: If Zion cannot access the site for six or more months, the consent order becomes moot. And that would dump the remainder of the cleanup cost on the taxpayers.
Lance: To Monessen's missing property owners. Almost a third of the city's 734 blighted properties are owned by outsiders from 24 states and five foreign countries — and beyond the reach of Monessen officials. District Judge Joseph Dalfonso says Pennsylvania won't extradite someone from another state or country who owes fines and court courts. That has to change, and not just in Monessen. Local municipalities must have recourse to go after absentee landowners and make them pay for their disregard.
An observation: Traditionally, elementary students' class assignments and school bus schedules, published and/or listed online, heralded the start of school. But Franklin Regional, among other districts, is no longer providing this information publicly because of parents' privacy concerns, given the listing of addresses and the times when families would be leaving their homes. Parents will receive this information in the mail. And their concerns are justified. Indeed, times have changed.