2012-07-26 / Front Page

Boro Makes Weight Limit Official On Third Street Bridge

Discusses Maple Street sidewalk repair issue
By Jean Snyder

SENIOR WRITER

McConnellsburg Borough Council adopted a resolution to finalize an earlier decision to put a weight limit on North Third Street due to the deterioration of the bridge under the roadway. At its regular meeting last Wednesday evening, council unanimously voted to pass the resolution limiting the weight to 10 tons on North Third Street from Lincoln Way East to East Market Street.

In a related matter, the borough’s engineer estimated that it would cost $700,000 to replace the bridge, a cost that council members deemed prohibitive. Instead, the borough will look at ways to “shore up” the bridge and, at the same time, ask to have the replacement bridge project put on the state’s 10-year plan in the hopes of getting funding for the project. Council also approved payment of $2,701 to Keller Engineers for the cost of the bridge inspection and report. The bill will be paid with liquid fuel funds.

Following passage of the resolution, council voted to purchase four weight-limit signs for the street at a cost of $206 from U.S. Municipal.

Other business

In other business, council also discussed how to rectify a sidewalk issue on Maple Street adjacent to the post office. Apparently the owner of the South Second Street property has blocked off the sidewalk and now has tape and buckets around it forming a detour for the past three to four weeks. Council said it has received “plenty of complaints” from pedestrians trying to go to the post office who have to walk out in the street to get around the detour. Council noted that there has been no work permit secured and the matter will be discussed with their solicitor, in order to proceed with requiring a timely repair of the sidewalk. Council members did report that the sidewalk in question has sunk due to cars parking on the sidewalk.

Old business

During old business, borough secretary Jack Fields reported on a cost estimate to put a public handicapped-accessible restroom on the main floor of the Fulton House as discussed at last month’s meeting. Fields said it will cost a minimum of $15,000 and, while not taking any action, council discussed at length possible locations for the restroom. It was agreed that the county’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) should be contacted to make application for funds for the project.

Also during old business, Councilwoman Pat Frazier reported on a meeting with the borough’s solicitor, Carlton Walker, regarding possible changes to the proposed land-use ordinance for the borough. Council held a workshop earlier in the month to discuss the land-use ordinance and the subdivision ordinance. Council members, along with their solicitor, suggested changes in setbacks, fence distances, vehicle repairs on properties and mini- mum size for residential lots. Following the discussion, council voted to have the revisions made to the land-use ordinance while keeping the subdivision ordinance unchanged, review them at the August meeting and then vote on both ordinances in September after a 30-day public review meeting.

Fields reported that he has ordered the 25-foot flagpole that will be erected in the grassy area in front of the Fulton House. It will be lit by LED lights. Council had discussed this at last month’s meeting and agreed that the flag should be displayed. Fields reported the cost of the flagpole is $3,600.

During new business, council appointed Jim Pittman to the Sewerage Authority to serve the unexpired term of the late Ken Morton.

Council also discussed various street problems as well as various homeowners in violation of the borough’s weed ordinance.

Fields was authorized to have the crosswalks painted before the opening of school in August.

Regular business

During regular business, council approved payment of June bills in the amount of $96,069.67. Revenue for the same period was $81,632.66. Checks were written for $93,429.33, leaving a July balance of $41,450.18.

Council members present included Travis Bard, Mack Shaffer, Rick Buterbaugh, Pat Frazier, Pat Booth and David Washabaugh.

Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next regular meeting is scheduled for August 1, 2012.

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