Something stinks in Vernon

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I am submitting my comments in attempt to defend the Vernon VFW, which appears to have to sell their property because of sewer hookup fees and sewer usage that they have to pay to the town and SCMUA. The VFW is a not-for-profit organization and should be recognized as such rather than a restaurant and banquet hall. The VFW hosts many events at their location, including events for our local youths.

When the new law was passed by the township, for residence and businesses in the Town Center to hook up to the sewers, no one considered the financial impact on the residence and businesses in the Town Center. If the residence and business have a working septic system, they should not be required to hook up to the sewers until which time their septic system fails. This would be reasonable because the cost factor for a new septic system would be approximately the same cost of hooking up to the sewers.

Let’s get back to the VFW, according to Vincent Zinno, the chairman of the Vernon Township MUA, the fees are guidelines set by the state. This law was passed by the township and the township has the power to waive this requirement for the VFW until such time the septic system for the VFW fails. The township calls the VFW a restaurant and a banquet hall rather than a not-for-profit organization. I just wonder if our Fire Department is called a restaurant and banquet hall.

Our Vernon Township Vets have served our country in the most honorable way and now they serve our community. It is time the Vernon Township Council steps up to the plate and exempts the VFW from this law. It is time to help our vets.

Wallace A. Zosche
Vernon

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