Stop sign placement is questioned
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The state Department of Transportation installed this stop sign along Hahn's Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township on Monday. The placement of the sign comes after several vehicles crashed into the home at 685 Hahn's Dairy Road during a 13-month stretch from September 2010 through October 2011.
A Lower Towamensing Township man disagrees with the installation of a stop sign at the scene of multiple accidents.
Resident Herman Bollinger told the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday that he doesn't believe the sign should have been placed along Hahn's Dairy Road.
The state Department of Transportation installed the sign on Monday a little over a half year after a vehicle lost control and tore through the bedroom of the home at 685 Hahn's Dairy Road.
"What I don't like about it is instead of the cops stopping there or sitting there and getting the speeders, they're making everybody suffer now by stopping," Bollinger said. "I don't think that's really nice."
Bollinger said he's aware of the fact that several vehicles crashed into the home.
"I pity the people that live in the house," he said, "because I wouldn't want anybody coming into my bedroom either when I'm sleeping."
In October, three young persons escaped serious injuries when the car they were riding in crossed the double yellow lines and continued to travel in a southwest direction across the property at 705 Hahn's Dairy Road. The vehicle then went down a retaining wall and struck the residence at 685.
That was the second incident where a vehicle crashed and struck the house within a 13-month span.
In September of 2010, a Kresgeville teen escaped injury after his vehicle went over a dropoff located in the yard at 705 and flipped over. The car then struck a tree/shrub at 685 while it was upside down. The car continued on and struck the northeast corner of the residence at 685, where it came to rest.
Also on Tuesday, Supervisor Brent Green said that he would like the board to meet with township solicitor Jim Nanovic to discuss the Act 537 agreement. Green said he had some questions concerning the language in the agreement.
In March, supervisors adopted an agreement in principle to hook up the Weiner Trailer Court to Palmerton's brand new wastewater treatment plant.
However, as part of their motion, supervisors would not sign the agreement until its Act 537 Plan is signed by the Department of Environmental Protection.
In other business, supervisors:
• On a 2-1 vote, with Green opposed, agreed to have a bid package drawn up to fix Dairy Road, from Maple Drive to Gulf Road. Green said he was opposed because he believes the township should oil and chip Hemlock Street first. It was agreed by supervisors that Hemlock Street will be fixed at a later date, as well as several other roads.
• Agreed to allow Colin Green to beautify the Aquashicola Playground for his Eagle Scout Badge.
• Granted a 60-day extension to the Mayer & Orban Extension.
• Tabled a motion to purchase a chipper box from Bradco Supply Company in the amount of $2,525.
• Agreed to allow the road crew to attend a Government Day seminar May 24 in Wilkes-Barre.