Wright Township Board of Supervisors 

Louis Welebob, Jr., Chairman; Donaold P. Zampetti, Vice Chairman; Colleen A. Macko, Supervisor; Michael G. Marshall, Supervisor; Jerome F. Uram, Supervisor.

The following is the list of scheduled meetings that take place monthly for township business.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS – The second Monday of every month.  Work Session – 6:00 p.m., Meeting – 7:00 p.m.  Business office is opened Monday through Friday, 8:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., telephone 570-474-9067, joanm@ptd.net.

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL – First Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

PLANNING COMMISSION – First Tuesday of every month.  Work Session – 7:00 p.m.  Executive Review Session 6:30 p.m.  Third Tuesday of each month.  Regular Meeting – 7:00 p.m.  Executive Review Session 6:30 p.m.

RECREATION BOARD –First Tuesday after second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.  No meeting in December.

ZONING HEARING BOARD – First Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  if hearing is scheduled.


Joan K. Malkemes
321 South Mountain Boulevard
Mountaintop, PA  18707
Telephone (570) 474-9067  Fax (570) 474-2722  joanm@ptd.net

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE STATE’S OFFICE OF OPEN RECORDS – Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Plaza Level, Harrisburg, PA  17120-0225. 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF LUZERNE COUNTY – Luzerne County Court House, 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711, Telephone (570) 825-1676.

The following is helpful information which can affect residents on a daily/weekly basis.

ANIMAL ENFORCEMENT:  Dogs are required to be licensed.  Licenses can be obtained by contacting the Treasurer at the Luzerne County Court House.  Also, dogs are required to be leashed and under physical control by their owners at all times.

SPRING CLEAN UP:  The township sponsors an annual clean up the first full week in May for WRIGHT TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS ONLY.
Arrangements can be made for pick up of large items at a cost of $10.00 plus $5.00 each for couches, mattresses, grills, lawn tractors by calling the Supervisors’ Office at (570-474-9067), Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the month of April.  Pickups will be scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, the first full week in May.  All items must be placed roadside by 8:00 a.m. on Monday.  ONLY ITEMS ON THE LIST AND PREPAID WILL BE PICKED UP. 

Dumpsters will be available behind the municipal building for residents to deposit items on Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Thursday and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Construction materials, paint cans, automobile parts, propane tanks, hazardous materials will not be accepted.

Permits to deposit items in the dumpsters must be purchased in advanceNO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO DEPOSIT ITEMS UNLESS THEY HAVE A PERMIT.


Charges for each visit are as follows:

$25.00 FOR TRUCKS (over 8’ box) $12.00 FOR DEHUMIDIFIERS

CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF WRIGHT is on line at www.keystatepub.com

CURFEW – Wright Township requires that all persons 17 years of age and under are to be off Wright Township streets by 11:00 p.m.

LEAF PICK-UP – Leaves will be picked up roadside the last full week in October through the end of November and the first three weeks in April.

POLITICAL CANDIDATES – The Wright Township Zoning Ordinance requires that a permit be secured to post political signs within the township.

A political sign shall not exceed six (6’) square feet in area, having dimensions of 2’x3’.  Such signs shall not be attached to any tree, utility pole or structure within a public right-of-way.  Such signs shall not be posted more that forty-five (45) days in advance of the scheduled election date and shall be removed within thirty (30) days following the election.

The fee for posting political signs is twenty-five dollars ($25), cash only.  $20. Of the fee will be refunded to the applicant provided that all the signs are removed within thirty (30) days following the election.  If the signs are not removed, the fee is retained by the township to defray the cost of having to remove them.

TAX COLLECTION:  For Real Estate Taxes contact Barbara Macko, 570-474-0995.  During the 60-day rebate period each year for County/Municipal and School Taxes the Tax Collector is at the Municipal Building every Thursday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For Earned Income Taxes and Local Services Taxes contact Berkheimer, 11 North View Road, Pittston, PA 18640, 570-479-3805.

RECYCLING DROP OFF CENTER is located behind and to the right of the Wright Township Municipal Building, 321 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountaintop, PA and is opened every Saturday from 7:00 AM TO 2:00 PM.  SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING allows placement of all of the following recyclables in one bin:  plastics, colored paper, detergent bottles, empty aerosol cans, envelopes, egg cartons, file folders, glass jars & bottles, hard & soft cover books, juice & milk cartons, junk mail, newspaper & inserts, magazines & brochures, multi 3-ply paper, white paper, paperboard boxes, phone books/catalogs, plastic milk jugs, plastic soda bottles, pots & pans, school papers, small metals, water bottles.  Aluminum and metal cans are to be placed in separate bins, cardboard containers are available outside of the Recycling Building anytime. 

THE MOUNTAINTOP AREA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS (MACOG) has a yard waste compost facility for residents of Fairview and Wright Townships.  It is located on Oak Hill Road in the Crestwood Industrial Park.  Leaves, grass and small branches are accepted as follows: Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The facility is also opened the third Saturday in January from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to accept Christmas trees for composting.  Residents may deposit their yard waste by purchasing a $10.00 annual permit. Mulch can also be purchased during those days and times.  Landscapers wishing to dump yard waste will be required to purchase a one-time annual permit for $50.00.

Mulch will be available for purchase at the following rates:  5 gallon bucket free to Fairview, Rice and Wright Township residents; $10.00 for one scoop; $50.00 for a pick-up truck load; $100.00 for a tri-axle and $75.00 for a second or third tri-axle loaded on the same day.  Those wishing to purchase permits or mulch are asked to pre-pay at any of the Township municipal buildings during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

Ordinance No. 207, Mandatory Recycling Ordinance establishing a program for collection, storage, transportation, processing and disposal of municipal waste and for recycling, including mandatory source separation and separate collection of designated recyclable materials; providing for the regulation of collectors; prohibiting the disposal of designated recyclable materials and leaf waste; empowering Wright Township to adopt and promulgate reasonable regulations thereof; fixing penalties for violation of this ordinance, adopted by the Board of Supervisors December 28, 2005 and effective March 13, 2006.  NO BURNING IS ALLOWED IN WRIGHT TOWNSHIP.

SNOW EMERGENCY: It shall be unlawful to park any motor vehicle on any township roadway duly designated and properly posted as a “Snow Emergency Route” at any time within twenty-four (24) hours during a snowfall or icing condition resulting in an average accumulation of snow and/or ice in, about and on said “Snow Emergency Route” of one (1) inch or more.

For the purpose of this paragraph, the term “roadway” shall mean the paved portion of the road right-of-way and six (6) feet from the edge of either side of the paved portion of the road right-of-way and shall include if any exists, located adjacent to said paved area, any portion of a private driveway located within six (6) feet of either side of the paved portion of the road right-of-way.

Vehicles found in violation of said ordinance will be issued a parking ticket which carries a $15. Fine.  Vehicle may also be towed at the owners expense.  Residents are urged to listen to weather reports to insure that vehicles are not left parked in the above described areas.

ZONING: The Zoning Office is opened on Monday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., telephone 570-474-9067, wtzoningoffice@ptd.net

LOCAL GOVERNMENT DAYS: In observance of Local Government Week, Wright Township hosts field trips to the municipal building in April each year for children from Fairview Elementary, Rice Elementary, and St. Jude’s School.

An ambulance is displayed by the Mountaintop Area Ambulance volunteers and some of their procedures are explained to the children who also are allowed to enter the ambulance and become familiar with the vehicle, the personnel and its mission in the community.  Members of the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department are at the municipal building demonstrating their equipment and talking about their role in local government.

The Wright Township Police Department presents a program explaining police procedures and demonstrating their cruisers and other department equipment.  The Public Works Department also displays their trucks and other equipment and explains some of their duties.  Refreshments are served.  The Wright Township Supervisors sponsor this field trip each year in an effort to make the children aware of the many services provided by local government.

EASTER EGG HUNT: The Wright Township and Fairview Township Recreation Boards alternate in holding an annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 10 and under.

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS – Fireworks are held the 3rd of July, with a rain date of July 5th or the next Saturday.  For more information about the Fireworks call the Township Building at 570-474-9067.

HALLOWEEN PARADE: The Wright Township Recreation Board sponsors an Annual Halloween Parade in October, in the Wright Township Park.  Children 10 and under participate and receive special treats.


Banners were placed along Route 309 in Wright Township for the Spring/Summer season.  Thanks to two volunteers who repainted the red strips on both sides of the 47 banners making them look like new thus saving the township several thousand dollars in replacement costs.  Pictured above with one of the banners are volunteers Florence Aton and Louise Wendt along with Supervisor Daniel N. Frascella, Sr.