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Equipment storage, drainage problems discussed in Mahoning

Published November 12. 2009 05:00PM

Buildings and roads were topics of discussion at last night's Mahoning Township supervisor's meeting as residents questioned officials about their plans for equipment storage and the status of drainage solutions for Route 209 along Jamestown.

"Over the past year you bought a mower and it's sitting outside. Do you have any plans for storing this equipment somewhere out of the weather," askedresident Chuck Pollock. He pointed out wear on the vehicle from weather could shorten the life of the equipment by several years.

"It's my understanding that you don't even cover it with a tarp," he added pointing out that even a tarp would offer some protection from the elements.

Supervisors made no comment about the status of the building discussion. Over the past year they have periodically talked about erecting a pole building on the property but to date, no actual plans have been undertaken to do so.

In another matter, township resident Joe Curran, who lives along Rt. 209 in the Jamestown section of Mahoning Township, returned to ask supervisors what kind of progress they have made to date on correcting the drainage problems along Route 209.

Supervisor George Stawnyczyj said members of the road crew along with himself and Supervisor Travis Steigerwalt met with PENNDOT officials to discuss the issue.

"They told us they weren't having any problem on the north side and they don't want to reopen the line to connect the sides of the road," Stawnyczyj said. "They told us that when they are able they are planning to come out to mill the road, profile it and resurface it to increase the swale."

Curran asked, "Can anything be done with the pipe?"

Stawnyczyj said the supervisors cannot do anything yet with the pipe. "We are researching who owns the alley so we can determine what we can and cannot do to fix the problem. Once we determine the ownership of the alley then we can address the problem."

In another matter resident Nicole Nace approached supervisors to inquire about the possibility of installing a bus shelter for the local children at the end of her block of Mauch Chunk Street. She said there is no place for her daughter or the three other children to wait for the bus in inclement weather and traffic along Rt. 209.

"What can I do or how can I get a bus shelter placed on the corner for them to protect them and other children who use that stop from the elements," she asked.

"Clayton Steigerwalt who lives at the corner gave a verbal consent to place one on his property and if there is an unused one I can arrange to have it moved," Nace said.

Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt said many of the bus shelters throughout the township are installed and maintained by the Carbon Builders' Association. "They use the signs on them to help pay for them and their subsequent maintenance," he said. "Contact them to see if they have one for that stop."

Chairperson Pat Snyder said it was her understanding the shelters were mostly privately owned.

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