Donchez Wants Garbage Zones
Resident Jo Zavecz complained about garbage sitting in front of home for days at a time, in violation of local ordinances. Chief Housing Inspector Mike Palos that many Lehigh students do that when they leave campus in May. "It's amazing the stuff they leave behind." But Environmental Health Manager Jessica Lucas cautioned that, "for many South Side residents, there's no other place to go."
He hopes to have it finished by year's end, after reviewing it with private haulers and Council members.
Craig Evans noted that many citizens were slow to remove cars from snow emergency routes. Donchez agreed, but noted this winter was the first time in many years that any snow emergencies had been declared at all. He indicated that the signage has faded in some areas and needs to be fixed. "For the most part, people were very cooperative. Unfortunately, we did tow some cars." Public Works Director Michael Alkhal said that about two dozen cars were towed during each of the City's two snow emergencies. Police Chief Mark DiLuzio also noted that they did issue a few dozen citations for snow covered sidewalks.
Resident Ann Evans complained about meters on Packer Avenue, where there is no commercial traffic, which result in people parking in front of her home. While promising to look into these new meters, Donchez announced there is a "strong possibility" that two parking garages are coming to the South Side. One would be located next to Northampton Community College, with another planned nearer the Fahy Bridge.
Sands Casino vagrants
With a disturbing undertone of bias, some residents expressed worries about the mostly Chinese bus riders who use the greenway daily. One woman asked for a bigger police presence there, though it is already patrolled by mounted officers. South Side activist Roger Hudak asked police to make sure the skate park is locked at night, to guard against what he called the "Asian invasion."
In addition to regular town halls, Donchez reminded everyone he has open office hours every second Monday. He also provided his office (610-865-7100) and home (610-868-4680) telephone numbers.
"We need your involvement," he said. "You are our eyes and ears."