Falls Sets Wheels in Motion to Charge Wreckers for Township-Incurred Fees
Wreckers deemed to be in violation of Falls Township’s laws will need to pay staff and attorney expenses, in addition to fines, under a proposed ordinance that the Falls Supervisors are considering.
During its July meeting, the board approved authorizing for advertisement revised sections of its existing Wreckers ordinance to put the financial responsibility on Wreckers instead of taxpayers.
In instances where the existing ordinance is violated, a hearing is held with the wrecker, township attorneys and police.
“Every time this happens the Falls Township taxpayers have to pick up the bill,” Falls Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie said.
That may soon change.
Under the proposed ordinance, violators would be responsible for paying attorney’s fees, as well as other costs incurred by the township in investigating and litigating the offense.
As the law is currently written, Wreckers pay a $50 fine for a first violation; a $50 to $1,000 fine for a second offense within six months of the first violation; and a minimum of a $500 fine for a third offense within 12 months.
“Now they’ll be a little more careful,” Supervisors Vice Chairman Jeffry Dence of the proposed ordinance change.