The Franklin Township Board of Supervisors, during its monthly meeting Tuesday night, revealed the latest entry in its discourse with PennDot over a proposed traffic signal at the intersection of Harrity Road and Route 209.
Board Secretary Sandra Gaumer presented a letter sent to the board by PennDot District Executive Michael Rebert in response to its official opposition of the signal's installation.
"The Department fully understands the position that you have taken relative to the costs of future maintenance of the traffic signal," Rebert said in his correspondence. "However, we would like to take this opportunity to point out the benefits of constructing the traffic signal as part of the bridge replacement project."
According to Rebert, his organization is willing to install the signal, a service valued at $100,000, as part of its renovation of the Harrity Road bridge. If undertaken in this manner, the signal's placement wouldn't cost the borough anything, though that offer is only valid during the present project. Should the board reconsider its stance and wish to install a similar device at a later date, it will do so at the expense of local taxpayers.
Chairman Rod Green was undaunted by this revelation, choosing to stand by the board's previous decision.
"It's not that we're opposed to the light, we're just opposed to the cost of its maintenance," Green said. In addition to paying a $600 yearly inspection fee, the township would have to pay close to $4,000 in signage and roadway markings in preparation for the signal's installation.
"The light is at the intersection of two state roads," Green said. "Why shouldn't the state bear the costs?"
Rebert's letter warned that if the signal is not installed, the bridge will utilize a one lane stop sign to regulate the flow of traffic.
On a somewhat-related subject, township resident Forrest Holtzer voiced his concern for the rampant disobeying of the posted speed limit on Indian Hill Road.
"I sit out on my porch every day and watch these guys zip buy at 40 and 50 miles per hour in a 30 zone," Holtzer said. "What's the point of having a speed limit if everyone's going to ignore it? Something needs to be done, and fast."
Green promised to bring the matter to the police's attention and subsequently increase the officers' presence in the area.
Another major point discussed was Rock Street Land Development Corp.'s request for a one-year extension on its 25-acre campground project. Although the board granted the company a 90-day extension during its June meeting, it agreed to approve this second request, albeit for a truncated period of six months. This decision comes in light of the recent death of Victor Frye, the project's developer.
The board also agreed to begin water shut-off proceedings against delinquent sewer customers. Green claimed that the number of customers with outstanding payments has been steadily increasing, and that the shut-off is the only way to deal with the problem.
Finally, the board reminded those present that driveway encroachment permits must be obtained at the Township Administration Office prior to constructing or paving personal driveways. The permits are available at no charge to local residents.