The Rush Township Board of Supervisors approved several items dealing with road and automobile issues that will directly affect drivers in the township. However, much of what was voted for on these issues, on Tuesday evening at the municipal building, was not approved unanimously.
A resolution was adopted to accept SAFETEA-LU funding for the Hometown Area Safe Routes Project. The project totals to $240,000. Awarded to the township for the project was a grant for $204,000 under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) Transportation Enhancement Act. The township is responsible for the remaining $36,000, which will come from the township's general fund.
During last month's meeting, Vice Chairman Shawn Gilbert expressed skepticism about whether or not the township has the money needed for the project. The other board members said there was no way around PennDOT's regulations. Gilbert again voted against the project this month in two instances, accepting the SAFETEA-LU funds and a federal aid reimbursement agreement. The project's improvements include fixing existing sidewalks along Meadow Avenue and pouring new ones along Oak Lane, widening the shoulder and mounting road signs along Lincoln Drive and painting as needed.
The purchase of a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, which costs $30,180.14, was also met with a 2-1 decision, this time Chairman Stephen W. Simchak voted no because he said there were more cars than officers on duty at any given time.
Lastly regarding road and automobile business, was the adoption of new parking regulations, which are effective immediately. Regulations include no parking in a designated handicapped parking zone; in front of a firehouse door or entrance; within 20 feet of any intersection; in the front or side yard of any property unless in a driveway; in a posted no parking zone; in a manner which obstructs a crosswalk or sidewalk; in front of a private driveway; on the sidewalk or curb; within 15 feet of a fire hydrant; in a manner which obstructs or blocks vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
Lastly, it is illegal to park a vehicle on a roadway with a missing or expired inspection or registration sticker. Although most of the regulations seem obvious, it is important for drivers to remember they are now being enforced with fines and penalties for violators.
Also approved was a motion to join existing council governments, known as the Northern Schuylkill Council of Governments, by and among various municipalities located in Schuylkill County. Each municipality will be responsible for all costs and expenses associated with operating costs of the Northern Schuylkill Council of Governments.
Officer Jonathan McHugh's resignation was accepted, and the board also voted to hire Carl Bachert as a part-time police officer.
Next supervisors meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the municipal building.