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Weissport school wants designated no parking areas

Published April 18. 2013 05:03PM

Weissport Council members recently discussed placing school zone and no parking signs on Bridge Street to accommodate a request from a school.

Behavorial Health Associates of 413 Bridge St., Weissport, owns and operates a state-licensed education facility and medical campus, with 110 full time and part time staff at this location. The school serves 22 students from eight surrounding school districts. The school is projecting 30 students for the 2013-2014 school year. The medical campus serves several professionals including a family practice physician, psychiatrists. psychologists, behavorial health specialists, mobile therapists, and billing office/support staff.

The school is requesting that Weissport to place "no parking" signs on four parking spaces in front of the school between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday and two school zone signs on Bridge Street to alert motorists about the school.

Council members discussed the request and then approved it.

"We're hoping they make a donation toward the costs," said Tim Rehrig, council member.

Council secretary Dana Brubaker "texted" Attorney Michael Greek and his advice was that council should consider making any changes to parking issues in Weissport as part of a new parking ordinance, which would consolidate and lower overall costs.

Council is also planning to make changes to the handicapped parking ordinance, so those two issues can be combined in the one new ordinance.

Council also discussed purchasing specialized equipment to mow the levee, but the cost at $50,000 was more than council can support.

Jonathan Troutman, mayor, said that with the warmer weather, he has noticed that people are beginning to put litter in the "run." The run, as it is called by residents is an open drainage ditch that carries storm water to the Lehigh River to prevent flooding in the town.

"It must be cleaned out before we get more rain," said Troutman.

Council also approved a proposal by the Weissport School Alumni Reunion committee to hold "Music in the Park," event from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Weissport Park. The event would include supervised games in the park by Jacob United Church of Christ, Child Identity Program sponsored by the Masons, Smokey Bear appearance, music by local musician, bike inspection, free Weissport T-shirts for community children, two bikes given away, Blocker display, State Police dogs or kids activity. Food will be available for purchased from the Weissport Recreation Committee.

Council also discussed purchasing a 20 feet long pieces of 30-inch diameter pipe to take water through the levee during high water events.

Council president Gene Kershner also noted that there is an ordinance against littering on public and private property and that residents and others should note that citations will be issued to those who bring dogs in the park and playground area.

"They are not cleaning up after their dogs," said Kershner.

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