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Weissport Council discusses taking back no parking signs

Published January 20. 2010 05:00PM

Weissport Council discussed several issues at a meeting held Tuesday, with the most serious matter concerning the purchase of a truck to plow snow in the borough.

Weissport does have two F-350 Ford dump trucks, one is a blue 1988 model, which has been owned by the borough for a number of years, while the second is a yellow newer model F-350 that isn't street worthy, which was purchased in 2008.

Moyer noted that he was warned that the transmission on the blue truck is likely to break down and that would leave the town without a truck for plowing snow.

Moyer suggested that the borough purchase a pickup truck for plowing snow, which would put fewer miles on the blue truck. He said by "nursing" along the blue truck, the borough would have use of the dump truck for a longer period of time.

Moyer also noted that it was time to take back some signs given to a local church by the former mayor.

"The signs were temporary and we never adopted an ordinance," said Moyer. "Why should one church be given no parking signs when we have other churches in town who were not treated the same."

Moyer said that he parked near St. Paul's Church one Sunday morning and got a phone call at 7 a.m. that he, being a council member, should know better than to park illegally. "This is ridiculous," said Moyer. "I shouldn't be getting calls when the signs are illegal. I was parked legally. I didn't appreciate the phone call."

Mayor Jonathan Troutman suggested that he look into the matter and asked to see the ordinance pertaining to the issue.

Troutman took over as mayor on January 4. The prior mayor, Tina Hagenbuch, allegedly provided the "no parking" signs to the church to help parishioners with parking on White Street.

Council also discussed the issue of paying for J-Net, which hooks police via computer to a countrywide police computer network.

Council noted that J-Net costs are $1,578.67 for installation, plus a monthly $99 access fee, plus a one-time $500 fee.

Secretary Dana Brubaker said that the costs were not in the budget.

Rehrig said that council will look into paying the fees, but wanted to talk to the police secretary to see if any arrangements were discussed.

Council also discussed purchasing rims for the police car so that studded tires can be placed on the vehicle without removing regular tires each time the tires need to be changed.

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