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Weights & Measures
Ronald F. Mace was the County's sealer of
Weights and Measures. His duties included
visiting gas stations to test the accuracy of gas pumps and visiting grocery
stores to measure the accuracy of scales.
As of May 1, 2004 the State of PA
is responsible to complete inspections of our 363
gas stations, grocery stores, and other businesses to make sure their weight
scales and fuel pumps are accurate. However, with limited staff, Ken
Deitzler, from the state, says that our measuring devices may
not get checked as frequently.
Contact Ken at at either (717) 787-9089 or
Collecting data concerning the number of devices from
an annual report, I learned that there were 1630 devices examined by our
Sealer in 2003. The State does additional inspections. Further, I learned
that Act 155 of 1996 (Consolidated Weights and Measure Act) gives counties
more options for performing weights and measures duties. More specifically,
Lebanon County can impose inspection fees—from $10-$30 per device—which
would cover a local inspector’s wages and benefits.
In addition, there is the issue of consumer
protection. Measuring devices fail, sometimes on the side of the retailer
and sometimes on the side of the consumer. Take a look at these statistics:
|Of 560 computing scales, 36 (6%) failed the initial inspection. Six
of those 36 failed a reinspection.|
|Of 49 platform (floor type) scales, nine (18%) were rejected on the
initial inspection and two were rejected a second time.|
|Of 778 motor fuel dispensers, 391 failed the initial inspection.
|Of 114 diesel fuel dispensers, 60 were rejected on the initial
inspection. That’s almost 53%.|
|Of 34 Kerosene dispensers, 15 failed (44%).|
|Of 12 vehicle tank meters, 4 failed (33%).|
Adams, Bucks, Montgomery, and Delaware are among
counties already charging for inspections.
At a time when gasoline is nearly $2.00 per gallon, it
is imperative that we make sure customers get what they pay for.