Plans for a traffic light at Route 796 and Pennocks Bridge Road in Penn Township are being worked on, but there are still details to be resolve including obtaining easements for the light structures.
The township engineer is suggesting the 796 light should be on a wavetronics radar based timer which is more effective with the speeding traffic and the limited sight distances. For Pennocks Bridge Road, where speeds are slower, camera detectors are being suggested. Emergency pre-emption detectors are required by PennDOT, but because of the curves, the detector will need to be mounted on a pole before the light. There may also need to be a warning signal for "stop light ahead," particularly for the safety of northbound traffic on 796.
The cost for the traffic lights is expected to range between $120,000 and $150,000. No pedestrian crossing lights are planned at this time because if they are installed handicapped ramps are required even though there are no sidewalks for them to connect to, with a cost running $40,000 or more.
There has been $71,000 escrowed for the light work from the Avon Grove school district, plus there is additional money due from the CCIU for road improvements related to the new Technical College High School.
There was also discussion of the Bartel tract, where the subdivision may be denied for failure to meet the conditions placed on the approval of their plan. The original builder who was set to develop the site has pulled out of the project, but it appears that a new builder may be preparing to take it on.
Rather than deny the plan at this time and make then Bartels restart the subdivision process, the board decided to notify the owners of the impending denial and see if they can negotiate a resolution to the problem.
The board resolved a conflict with the Arnold family, who had installed a door in their garage without first obtaining a permit. The Arnolds eventually paid $114 for their permit, but the township's building inspectors asked for an additional $250 violation fee.
The Arnolds claimed they did not know they had to come back to the office to pick up their permit. Because there was no written notice sent to them, supervisor Curtis Mason sided with the homeowners. "The problem is, when you're going to cite someone you have to be clear and concise. Don't tell me you called someone," he said. "If we take this out any further we're only going to spend more money with legal fees."
The supervisors also want to be clear about sewage bills. Until now, the township has billed each user, including each of the businesses in shopping centers. Now, they are going to a plan to bill the property owner, who will then have to pass the charges on to the tenants.
The change is to help avoid unpaid bills when a business closes. "With the times changing, we don't have any problems yet, but we don't want any," Mason said.
In other business, Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Freese has asked the township to see if there is an interest among residents in starting a town watch.