Mount Pocono Adopts Ordinance to Reduce ‘Orphan Shopping Carts’ on Borough Streets

SEP 15 2022 9pm

MOUNT POCONO – Adding yet another accomplishment to their list of things that the former council could not achieve, Mount Pocono’s transformed borough council passed a ‘Shopping Cart Ordinance’ at its September meeting.

‘Orphan’ shopping carts have long been a scourge of Mount Pocono, with its concentrated accumulation of retail centers.

Back in 2016, the borough council promised residents that they were going to do something about the problem. When the residents returned two years later, in the Fall of 2018, the council again promised to do something about it.

Three years after that, in 2019, the council majority acted – by refusing to take action, saying they didn’t want to “rush into anything.” Council member Claudette Williams is the only remaining council member from each of those prior councils.

This year, the “Save Mount Pocono” team of new council members, including Norm Delano, Deb Fulton, Lori Noonan, Don Struckle, and mayor Randy Altemose, who are frequently joined by new council member Ella Santiago, have forged a spirit of teamwork and cooperation, demonstrated by the ability of the new members of council to work together and move the agenda forward.

The shopping cart ordinance is only the latest example.

The new ordinance subjects the retail store and the individual who removes a cart from the store subject to fines. Retail stores are also required to develop a plan to keep carts on their property and to retrieve the ones taken off within 15 days of notification that one of their carts has been abandoned in the borough.

In passing the ordinance, council said that the carts are more than just an eyesore. They are a public safety hazard and a nuisance. They block pedestrian travel-ways, forcing them onto too-narrow streets. Carts also often end up in drainage ditches, where they accumulate other debris and block drainpipes.

In addition to the borough’s costs of retrieval and disposal, violators are subject to fines of up to $600 plus the borough’s court costs and attorney fees

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