Due to the diligence of Mahoning Township supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt working with PennDOT, the township finally found a missing exhibit that was originally attached to a traffic light agreement for the light at the intersection of Lowe's and the Carbon Plaza Mall.
In addition, PennDOT supplied the highway occupancy permit that clearly states that access and signage must be maintained by the permittee.
"I want to thank Tom Haskins from PennDOT for doing the search and finding this exhibit," said Steigerwalt. He told the supervisors the permittee became Lowe's in July 2006 and the documentation indicates that all conditions seem to remain in effect.
"This leads me to believe Lowe's is responsible and the only thing that is the township's responsibility is the signal and the mast arms," he added. He mentioned to supervisors that while the road crew replaced the signs that were knocked down, one was still missing.
"Our agreement says they (Lowe's) will reimburse this," said Supervisor Frank Ruch referring to the road crew's recent work, "but I would rather tell them in the future they need to do this."
Solicitor Tom Nanovic said he would get in touch with Lowe's counsel and inform them of the discovery and their responsibilities and let the board know what he hears.