A resident of Schuylkill Haven has had enough of the semi-trailers that end up on his sidewalk. Josh Donatti, who lives in the 500 block of East Union Street, spoke at the October 6 borough council meeting and said many trucks driving up A Avenue were driving on his sidewalk at a turning.
“It’s gotten worse since the spring,” Donatti said. “We want to replace the sidewalk, but I don’t want to pay $ 10,000 to have it destroyed again.”
Donatti asked if semi-trailers could be banned on the road.
Code officer Michael Paulin said he investigated and agreed there was a problem with the trucks hitting the sidewalk.
Lawyer Mike Semanchik said drivers would likely ignore a sign, only paying attention to where their navigation system tells them to go, and that the city may consider erecting bollards – poles for protect the sidewalk.
“I don’t know if the terminals are the end of the game,” Donatti replied. “They’re going to stop at the handicapped ramp again.”
Paulin agreed with Semanchick that bollards are probably the most logical solution. Council President Kurt Montz promised Donatti that the borough would look into the matter.
In another traffic-related discussion, council followed up on a resident’s suggestion. In September, Tara Engle asked council why Stanton Street did not have painted lines to guide cars where to park. Engle said cars park randomly, taking up more space than necessary and leaving less space for others to park.
The borough foreman took action and found that if the borough met Engle’s request, two or three parking spaces would be removed.
Deputy Borough Administrator Scott Graver said more than one resident should voice concern before any action is taken. Semanchik agreed, saying that if the improvement ends up being worse than the problem, it might not be worth it. Montz tabled the discussion.
Council also discussed the potential elimination of 10 parking spaces near intersections to allow fire trucks to maneuver better. The discussion took place after the fire board requested that curbs be painted at certain intersections that were considered a problem.
Council approved the publicity of an ordinance announcing potentially affected parking spaces.
In other cases:
• A resolution approving the budget for the City’s Global Community Development Grant was adopted for 2021 in the amount of $ 108,858, including $ 19,594 for administration and $ 89,264 for housing rehabilitation. Secretary Kaitlyn Tinari said the CDBG program helps with home rehabilitation in the borough.
• Council approved the parking space plans for a new sports building that the Schuylkill Haven School District is under construction.
• The Council approved the drafting of an announcement concerning Bill 50, the law on the deployment of small wireless installations. Semanchik explained that as the borough is one of the few in the state to be its own electricity supplier, the borough officially owns all of the city’s utility poles and therefore would need a ordinance to operate. conform.
• Council approved the unveiling of a new monument at Bubeck Park recognizing John Fincher as the first settler at Schuylkill Haven. The unveiling will take place at 10 a.m. during the Harvest Craft and Vendor Show on October 16.
The town’s Halloween parade will take place on October 20. The parade will have a slightly different route this year. Tinari said the parade usually starts in high school and goes down Main Street to Parkway. This year, however, due to licensing issues, the route will use East Union Street instead of Main. A copy of the parade route is on the borough’s website, Tinari said.
Due to the municipal parade, council voted to change the time of its October 20 meeting to 5:30 p.m.
The Port Clinton Historical Commission donates its canal gate to the Schuylkill Haven Historical Museum. Borough administrator Jessica Seiders said the commission was shutting down. District officials are interested in the gate, but moving the huge, heavy structure would be a challenge and a lot of logistics have to be worked out. Graver said if it was feasible it would be nice to post the barrier on the Parkway.
Borough resident Ruth Tucci complained about the rampaging dogs, especially in the North neighborhood. She said the dogs run without collars and people don’t clean up after them. Police Chief Jeffrey Walcott asked Tucci for details, saying under city leash law owners can allow their dog off leash, but the owner must have full control over the dog. Tucci said that was not the case in what she observed.
Walcott said residents should not hesitate to call borough police to report such cases and that police would be happy to investigate.