Port Henry The town of Moriah is planning a townwide clean up.
“We’re asking people to show their pride in their community and to clean up around their property,” Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “The town will help out as much as we can legally.”
There is no date for the clean up, but town officials are in the process of investigating the cost and ways to assist residents.
“It’ll be a day or two, probably a weekend, where everything will be accepted at the (trash) transfer station at no cost and with no limits — except tires,” Scozzafava said. “Old bikes, furniture, electronics. We’ll take it all for free.
“There will be a cost to the town, but that’s OK,” the supervisor continued. “The transfer station is self-supporting. There are no tax dollars being spent at the transfer station; it operates in the back. We’ll use some of that money for the clean up.”
The Moriah trash transfer station is located on Joyce Road between Mineville and Witherbee.
Moriah needs a good cleaning, Scozzafava said. The town board has received many complaints about junk and neglected properties in the community.
“I completely understand and agree,” Scozzafava said of the complaints. “We’ll do everything we can to help with the problem.”
Scozzafava pointed out the town is limited in what it can do. Town officials can’t go on private property to cut grass and collect trash without undertaking costly legal proceedings. Abandoned and foreclosed properties are especially difficult to deal with, he said.
“We’ll do all we can, but people have rights and can keep their property just about anyway they’d like,” Scozzafava said. “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. We need to be mindful of that.”
Moriah does have a junk law, written in the 1970s, but it is very weak, Scozzafava said.