MORIAH About 10 percent of Moriah residents are in violation of the towns junk yard ordinance.
Thats according to a survey conducted by Moriah resident David V. Bruce. Bruce, who organized the towns Earth Day clean-up project last spring, delivered his report to the Moriah town board recently.
A Moriah town law defines a junk yard as a property with two or more unlicensed motor vehicles.
Bruces survey, conducted in May and June, found nearly 700 unlicensed vehicles in the town and 143 households or businesses with two or more.
This situation did not again occur overnight and it is not going to go away without some well thought out planning, positive approach as well as strong political will, he said.
Bruce has recommended that a Blue Ribbon Committee be appointed with representatives from the various hamlets.
The committee should review the present ordinances, the windshield survey, and give specific recommendations to the board within a set time frame, he said. The town board can then take the appropriate action. It is critical that the community has input, it is administered fairly, works toward a positive outcome and benefit and its implemented.
Bruce conducted the survey, checking windshield registration stickers, on every public and private road in the town except the village of Port Henry. He recorded the number of vehicles that were unlicensed, abandoned or junk and the specific 911 address.
Like any survey or study there are levels of error and in this case some residents did not have proper addresses, questionable boundary lines, vehicles just left in fields and some could be classified as antique and or classic cars, he said.
A copy of the survey is available by contacting the town clerks office.
The survey was recommended by the Earth Day citizens program following the Earth Day clean up.