Boro Denies PennDOT Request
McConnellsburg Borough Council members denied a Penn- DOT request, heard an update on the county’s renovation project, passed a proposed 2010 budget, and conducted routine business during their regular meeting last Wednesday evening.
In new business, council discussed a request from PennDOT to make all four traffic lights at the intersections of Lincoln Way and Second Street “no turn on red” intersections. In addition to making the request, PennDOT also requires that the borough erect the signs. Council members say they received no reason for the request and said that many times, especially late at night, there is so little traffic that the “no turn” signs would only cause unnecessary delays. Members also said they are not aware of any accidents being caused by the right turns on red. Currently, only one of the lights, southbound on Rt. 522, has a”no turn on red” sign. On a Pat Frazier/ Lee Rager motion, council voted unanimously to deny the request.
County Commissioner David Hoover met with council members to update them on plans for the county’s renovation project. According to Hoover, the county has agreed to purchase the West Market Street home lo- cated just to the west of the Neighborhood Service Center. Hoover said the county needs the property to put in stormwater drains and for parking, all to the rear of the property. Hoover said the county’s CareerLink offices are housed on the first floor of the building, and the county will rent the top floor to the current tenant, Shelly & Witter surveying business. The purchase price for the property was $170,000, according to Hoover. Hoover said a pre-construction meeting will occur this week and then contractors will begin to renovate the Children’s Services basement to house the 911 offices, drilling will begin for the geothermal wells and the North Second Street houses will be razed.
Council members, after a lengthy discussion, passed a proposed 2010 budget. (See separate story in this week’s “News.”)
During old business, council revisited the need to clean out the creek in McConnellsburg. Council agreed to contact Scott Alexander at the Conservation District for advice.
Borough Council members discussed the progress of the Water Authority’s new water line project. Councilman Travis Bard said the project’s street portion of the project is wrapping up and he said that when completed, the streets affected will be paved – this year with weather permitting. However, street paving is not usually done during the late fall and winter months. Council reiterated that only the width and length of the ditches will be repaved and not the entire streets.
During new business, coun- cil authorized payments of $516 to Pittman’s Tires for tractor tires (to be paid out of liquid fuel funds); a payment of $1,742 to Boyer and Ritter for bookkeeping for the police pension fund; $1,153 to Keller Engineers for review of the county’s renovation plans; $90 to the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism for the borough’s membership; and $216 to the State Association of Boroughs for annual membership fee. Council also voted to retain P&W for snow removal on an as-needed basis at the same rate as last year.
Also during new business, borough secretary Jack Fields informed council members that he has received 52 new street signs for the borough. The signs were purchased under a grant agreement with the county and, according to the agreement, Fields will have six months to erect the signs. The new street signs will have larger letters.
A lengthy discussion was held regarding the submission of an application for CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds. Council applied for money for new sidewalks last year but was turned down. Councilwoman Frazier told council members that she has met with the county’s block grant coordinator and with CDBG officials and she believes the borough should apply again. Frazier said, however, that the borough needs to have a sidewalk ordinance in order to be able to discern what properties would be eligible. Frazier agreed to meet again with the county’s coordinator and submit a new application.
During regular business, council voted to pay October bills in the amount of $10,441.88. Receipts for the same period were $28,841.56. Checks were written for $21,734.09, leaving a November 1 balance of $55,946.49.
Council members present included Rick Buterbaugh, Travis Bard, Mike Chilcote, Pat Frazier, Lee Rager, Jim Smith, Mack Shaffer and Mayor Jim Stenger.
Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next regular meeting will be held December 2, 2009.