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Committee studies noise, speed issues in Jim Thorpe borough

Published September 21. 2011 05:01PM

The Jim Thorpe Planning Commission Committee discussed recreational surveys and continued looking into the noise ordinance and speeding in the borough during its monthly meeting Tuesday evening.

Committee member Jerry Hoare said the Middle Carbon County Comprehensive Plan will be mailing out a recreational survey in October to random residents in Jim Thorpe, Penn Forest, Summit Hill, and Lansford in order to "get the general populations consensus on how they feel about the recreational facilities."

"They will send out enough and receive enough back for it to be statistically valid," stated Wesley Johnson, borough manager. "There is a science to the surveys."

The committee hopes that the residents will complete them and return them.

The committee continued further discussion on research for a noise ordinance and issues with speeding in town.

Members of the committee plan to use decibel meters for noise measurements around town. The committee plans to get a basis for noise levels from all different types of motorized vehicles and amplified music. Members will also meet with Police Chief Joseph Shatz to continue discussion on loud noises in town.

Members of the committee also discussed how the added pedestrian walkways in town have helped to slow down vehicles.

Committee member, Joe Micko, also commended Chief Shatz and the Jim Thorpe Police Department for being proactive about having pedestrian walkway signs on North Street, especially by the school zones.

Further discussion concerning speeding in town is planned with Chief Shatz.

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