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|2019-05-17 00:00:00||Public Notice by BODs||What You Can Do to Prevent Litter ||
Litter is becoming a problem in our community. Yes it was a harsh cold winter and many of us saw nothing but snow for many months. But with spring thaw and nicer weather, it is obvious that some have neglected to take charge of their properties by removing all debris and garbage on your lands, roadways and woods surrounding your property. We can point a finger at the bears for making this a burden but they are not the ones that are going to come back and clean up their mess. Changing a common behavior, like littering, starts with you. Each person must accept responsibility for their actions and influence the actions of others around them at home and in the community at large. Start with these actions:
- Volunteer on May 18th and help our Beautification Committee with the scheduled Community Cleanup Day. Please contact Kathy Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you'll be there to help! Find out more ways you and others can help prevent litter in our community.
- If that stretch of roadway you drive every day to work is a haven for litter, take a few minutes and pick up what you can to help keep the roadways clean of debris.
- Should set an example for others, especially family, co-workers, friends, and children by using trash and/or recycling receptacles and not littering.
- Always have available a litter bag in your car.
- If you are a smoker, carry and use a portable or pocket ashtray.
- If you see litter, pick it up.
- Carry and use a car litterbag. When these are full, empty them into a trash and/or recycling receptacle.
- Use a car ashtray or portable ashtray to dispose of cigarette butts and lighting material.
- Do not throw any litter out of vehicle windows. Beer cans and soda cans are abundant along the travelled way so please, STOP this practice and use a trash bag in your vehicle.
- Before you light up, identify where you will dispose of your cigarette waste when you finish smoking. Use trash and ash receptacles, including pocket ashtrays.
- Carry a pocket ashtray all the time or have a portable ashtray with you as you leave your home, office, or car.
- Encourage fellow smokers to be responsible for their cigarette litter, too.
- Pick up after your dog as you walk through your neighborhood. Use newspaper delivery bags, "scoopers", or other easy-to-use methods to clean up after your pet.
- Be sure to put pet waste in trash receptacles and not recycling bins.
- Take responsibility for your pet and his/her actions.
- Make sure your trash cans have lids that can be securely fastened or use bungee cords to hold them in place. (until pick up time) WAIT TO PUT THEM OUT before garbage trucks come. Put out an hour or two ahead of time. Don't put out the night before if they come at 8 am (UNLESS OF COURSE YOU HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE DUE TO WORK SCHEDULE ETC...)
- Secure all bags and use twine to secure loose trash for curbside trash collection.
- Tie paper into bundles before placing into curbside recycling bins
Be responsible for your own trash. Yes we live in the Poconos, Yes there are wild life amongst us, and yes they want to eat too! So if they happen to think your garbage smells yummy and get into it please clean it up.
|2019-04-01 18:58:17||Public Notice by BODs||Time to Clean Out Your Swales||
Swales around the Community are strips of land usually located in front of a house between the walkways and the street. Swales play an important role in the protection of our environment and the beauty of our Community. First, they are an area for natural drainage for stormwater that falls on streets, walks, and driveway approaches. Swales allow the stormwater to drain and percolate back to the ground for our drinking water. Second, they protect our environment by filtering the stormwater from the roads, picks up the oils, pesticides and lawn fertilizers that wash away from the property. The swales along the land naturally filter out and reduce these pollutants, decreasing their loading on groundwater resources. If not treated by the swales, these pollutants would eventually end up in our canals, lakes, streams and our drinking water. Swales should be kept grassy, not just for beauty, but to catch these contaminants. Swales paved with asphalt or built up with dirt or gravel can cause health, environmental, and aesthetic hazards. Stormwater can collect and stagnate or may run off, picking up leaves, litter, animal waste, oil, etc., that will runoff to other areas to include flooding your neighbors.
Property owners are required to maintain the swales adjacent to their property in good condition helping us to protect our waterways and to avoid flooding. To ensure the swale areas stay in good condition, simply follow a few basic guidelines:
The various snow storms have left fallen debris in many of the community swales. As soon as weather permits, add this maintenance cleaning of the swales on your property to your list of things to do.
- 1. Keep your Swale free of leaves, limbs and any other debris. Dispose of debris and oil properly, instead of placing them in your swale. This will eliminate the grass from dying and keep the swale open if a storm approaches.
- 2. Avoid parking vehicles on the swale. This will allow the grass to grow healthy and keep the soil loose so water can filter and soak into the ground more easily.
- 3. Do not place asphalt, gravel, dirt or any material other than grass in swales, to allow the water drain into the ground. Landscaping your swale area can be pleasing to the eye, but it also disrupts the natural drainage qualities of the swale. Consider landscaping behind your property line; you will still add beauty to your home while keeping the swale in its natural state.
Thank you for your cooperation.
|2017-06-07 17:40:55||Don Hiorth ||Judge Kameen Ruling||In 2015 Judge Kameen, in two separate court orders related to two separate cases in which this topic was addressed. In Pocono Mountain Lake Forest vs Rita Przebiclec (May 2015) Judge Kameen's first point of discussion was 'The March 2010 and June 20120 were and are invalid.' In December of 2015a combined case (94-2010 and 1674-2010 Judge Kameen stated 'The Defendants bylaws were not properly amended before July of 2015. In both instances he cited the failure to follow the bylaw change procedures as written in the 2009 Bylaws as the reason the changes were and are invalid. From the December case: 'Because the bylaws (referring to the 2009 bylaws) control, the proper procedure to amend the Bylaws can only be done in a matter pursuant to Article VII.' See the court documents Court Order May 2015 and Court Order Dec. 2015|
|2017-06-07 17:01:25||Don Hiorth ||The Continuing Bylaw Argument||We continue to hear people refer to the '2015 bylaws' or the 'illegal bylaws'. It is a point that is important to everyone who lives in PMLF and so needs to be discussed in some detail.
The bylaws in effect before the mess began were dated 2001 and last amended in Nov 2008. I will refer to these as the 2009 bylaws. These 2009 bylaws spelled out that Bylaw changes could only be done during a General Membership Meeting (GMM) at which a quorum had been established (Article VIII, pg 16)|