The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

June 14, 2014

Readers' Forum 6-14 | Many residents can't pay for loans

JOHNSTOWN — The local banks offer of low-interest loans for Johnstown citizens to help pay for construction work related to the sewer project was very thoughtful of them. But it does not change two facts:

-- I still do not have the extra funds to pay for a second loan.

-- The required air-pressure test is still an unnecessary burden for property owners.

The city keeps finding ways to help property owners, but the most helpful would be to just go back to the Department of Environmental Protection’s requirement of smoke and/or dye tests.

The article, “Help for homeowners/banks offering low-interest loans to pay for sewer construction,” again went into the DEP requirement to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows and the city’s choice to install new main lines, instead of holding tanks or expanding the Dornick Point sewage treatment facility. But it doesn’t address the issue that the air-pressure test is unnecessary and that very little, if any, rain water will travel several feet down the side of a house’s foundation and then turn right or left several feet through packed clay soil to find a possible crack in your sewer pipe.

That seems like a big “maybe” for a $2,500 to $3,000 price tag.

I do not intend to go over my head in debt. Instead, the city can just place its fines as a lien on my house, and then it can pay for my nursing home expenses, because my house is worthless.

Deborah Csarak

Roxbury

Crackdown is needed on illegal fireworks

Why won’t police enforce illegal fireworks laws? Every year, my neighbor sets off illegal fireworks (some are the kind you see at fireworks shows) on or around the Fourth of July.

To me, it’s not that bad. But there are  elderly people living within 200 yards of his house who are extremely frightened when they go off – and believe me, they are loud.

I have called the police in the past, and if they do come, the neighbor stops putting off fireworks for 10 minutes, and then starts again.

When I was a kid, if we set off an M-80, the cops were there in five minutes, and we did not set off any more.

What does a person have to do to stop something like this? Take the law into his or her on hands?

I know the Fourth of July is a great day, so how about letting everyone enjoy it?

Maybe the police will see this letter and take action this year and end this problem.

Jeff Daily

Johnstown

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