Borough officials are fed up with the lack of response to violations at the E-Z Shoppe located at 404 Main Street in East Greenville.
Officials discussed at length during Monday night’s meeting the multiple violations of general property maintenance at the location over the last two years and came to a unanimous decision to pull all municipal trash bags from the location, effective immediately.
According to Mayor Ryan Sloyer, for the past two years violations against the property and its owners have ranged from an abundance of overgrown weeds, a falling fence, trash accumulating outside the building, and improper snow removal which has the potential to endanger patrons of the business.
Officials have reportedly made multiple attempts to reach out to the property owners but they have ignored all letters and requests to clean up the location, they said. Per Montgomery County property records, the location is owned by East Greenville Akul LLC and Yashvant M. Patel MB.
The last attempt made to contact the E-Z Shoppe owners was approximately two months ago and an invitation was given to attend Monday night’s meeting; however, there was no response and representatives were a no-show for the meeting.
Sloyer stated, “If they make improvements, inside and outside, then they can possibly sell them (trash bags) again.”
Owners of the E-Z Shoppe reportedly have said they are not making enough money to make improvements and feel borough officials should look at other properties in the area. There has also been some discussion on who owns the corner of the property where the business sign is located.
Officials feel, after having multiple conversations with the owners, that “they don’t really care about selling the bags.” Officials agree that as property owners in the borough and business owners, they need to be accountable for general property maintenance which will, in turn, add business to the location.
Currently trash bags are sold for $1 per bag at multiple locations throughout the borough. Univest and Subway are closest to the E-Z Shoppe, and the borough building is close by as well.
“Convenience is nice, but we need to also talk about accountability of places they are sold,” Sloyer said.
Officials feel this does not need to be a permanent decision and if the E-Z Shoppe owners comply with requests to improve the general appearance of the location, perhaps trash bags can be sold there again in the future.