Ordinance would reroute traffic near Line Mtn. Elementary
TREVORTON - One of the topics of discussion at Monday night's Zerbe Township Supervisors meeting was a new ordinance designed to change the traffic patterns around Line Mountain Elementary School.
The ordinance, made at the request of the Line Mountain School District to help with student safety, would make Sixth Street from Coal to Shamokin, a one-way street going north with parking areas on either side from Coal Street between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for school-related purposes.
Firefighter Carl Yocum questioned supervisors about the ordinance, saying there could be some damage to vehicles.
"What are you going to do in the winter when you have cars parked up there and you have snow pushed off the berm, and they are parked out on the road and you have a structure fire?" Yocum asked "Is the township going to be liable when we take mirrors off?"
Solicitor Roger Wiest said the fire company would be liable, but both the township and fire company are insured in such cases.
Board Chairman Michael Schwartz said the move is for safety purposes on the recommendation from the school district.
"We didn't just do this because we thought it was the right thing to do," Schwartz said.
"Well, you should also take into consideration the safety of the public as well," Yocum said. "You are blocking access to that whole end of town in the winter."
The argument was settled when supervisor Mike Mazer remembered officials said that the parking area on Coal Street will only be for pick-up and drop-off purposes only, which Wiest will add into the ordinance.
Following the discussion, the board told Wiest to make the corrections, and advertise the ordinance for passage at next month's meeting.
Engineer William Hill gave his monthly update on the township's new sewage treatment plant, noting that the amount of the loan, because of low bids, would be reduced by $328,000, but there will still be no reduction in the previously announced raise in sewer bills.
The sewage treatment plant project is set to begin Nov. 1 at a project cost of $2.9 million and must be substantially completed by the end of 2014.
Schwartz said the contracts were awarded to Walabax Construction Services, of Telford on the general construction, and the Howard Organization, of Bloomsburg, for the electricial work.
In other business, unanimous approval by supervisors Schwartz, Mazer and Gene Geise were given for the following motions:
- Permission granted to the Trevorton Post Office to move the relay box from the 500 block of Coal Street to the area of Eighth and Market streets, pending approval of the box location from the township roadmaster.
- Trick or Treat night was set for 6 to 9 p.m Thursday, Oct. 31.
- A change in health insurance for township employees, that involves a higher deductible in an effort to reduce costs, retroactive to Oct. 1.
- Fall clean up in the township set for Nov. 4 to 15.
- Bid to purchase 125 tons of salt from American Rock Salt, of Mount Morris, N.Y., at a cost of $56.99 per ton delivered.
Mazer thanked everyone involved for making the annual fall festival the biggest one to date, and said the committee will be planning bigger and better things next year.