Coal Twp. tables vote on Berry Street parking rules
COAL TOWNSHIP - The board of commissioners tabled a vote Thursday on parking restrictions on Berry Street after fire heavily damaged two homes there Wednesday.
The ordinance, if adopted, would restrict parking on the west side of Berry Street, a narrow roadway, between Tioga Street and Pulaski Avenue.
A state police fire marshal is expected this morning to investigate the cause of the fire at 49 and 53 N. Berry St.
In other business
- Set trick-or-treat night for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31;
- Authorized Northumberland County Housing Authority to administer the township's HOME Grant. A $350,000 federal HOME grant will be split up to make renovations to 14 owner-occupied homes in the township's east end. Anyone interested in the program can pick up applications at the township municipal building, 805 W. Lynn St.
- Approved its Minimal Municipal Obligation in 2014 for police and non-uniformed pension plans. The minimum obligation is $158,058 for police and $30,101 for non-uniformed;
- Announced a matching grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture was denied. The 50/50 matching grant, $57,500 from the feds, would have been used towards the purchase of a police vehicle and a light dump truck. The application remains on file and has a chance for funding in the spring;
- Acknowledged receipt of its 2012 audit by Klacik and Associates Inc.;
- Appointed Arthur Christ to the township planning commission;
- Acknowledged receipt of a letter from PennDOT stating that a traffic study was done at Bear Valley Road and Route 125, based on citizen concerns expressed to state Rep. Kurt Masser. The agency found the sight distance to be more than adequate, and that just one two-vehicle accident occurred there between 2008 and 2012. However, the agency suggested an island and stop sign could be installed on Route 125 to provide separate left- and right-turn lanes.