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Lansford council, PV school officials will discuss bus stop safety concerns

Published September 20. 2012 05:01PM

Lansford council members expect to meet with Panther Valley School District officials, perhaps as soon as Monday, to discuss the school board's concern about the safety of bus stops along Route 209 in the borough.

School director David Hiles last Thursday spoke at a public school board meeting about the issue. He said at the time that he observed dangerous conditions as he drove Route 209, also known as Patterson Street, near the Jones Street intersection one morning, and also at the bus stop near the Panther Valley stadium.

Hiles said that visibility is poor in the areas, traffic is heavy during rush hour, and that he was worried that a distracted driver may not see the crossing guard in time to stop to allow the children to cross the street.

He suggested the Route 209 bus stop be moved to Ridge or Bertsch streets.

Superintendent Rosemary Porembo wrote to council, asking to meet with council president Rose Mary Cannon, the chair of the streets and/or public safety committees, and Police Chief John Turcmanovich to discuss the matter.

In another school-related matter, council members Lenny Kovatch, Vadyak, Danielle Smith, Andy Snyder and Mary Kruczek voted to deny the district's request to be permitted to not replace the sidewalk along West Bertsch Street, where it has created a new parking lot for the football stadium.

Cannon and Yasson voted in favor of allowing the district to not replace the sidewalk.

On Wednesday, Cannon said the sidewalk matter is up to council, not the borough zoning hearing board, to decide.

Council had expected to meet Wednesday to discuss proposals from several companies that responded to the borough's advertisement seeking firms to handle zoning, code enforcement and the Unified Construction Code. However, only Cannon, Samantha Yasson and Tommy Vadyak and secretary/treasurer Beth Seymour attended, resulting in the lack of a quorum.

Cannon canceled the meeting after waiting for 15 minutes beyond the scheduled start time of 6:30 p.m.

Four companies sent proposals: The Arro Group, Letitz; Base Engineering, Inc., Allentown; Alfred Benesch & Co., Pottsville, and Barry Isett & Associates, Hazleton. Because council lacked a quorum, the proposals could not be discussed.

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