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Cresson Twp. resident lodges complaint regarding snow plowing Vol. 120 No. 7
By Kristin Baudoux
of Mainline Newspapers
A Cresson Township resident attended the supervisors’ Feb. 11 meeting to address the supervisors over an ongoing snow plowing issue on McGarrity Lane. The resident alleged that the road crew continues to plow the snow from the road into her driveway. The resident presented a cease and desist letter to the supervisors as well as photos from the incidents. She said the photos show an incident from the previous week where the plows pushed the snow against a telephone pole and into her driveway. She said that because so much snow is plowed into her driveway, it makes it difficult for her to remove the snow to leave her house. She added that she has had to miss doctor’s appointments because she was unable to remove the snow piled in the driveway, and that her health issues make it difficult to remove the snow. The resident pointed out in the cease and desist letter that she has spoken with the township’s office staff as well as the supervisors several times about the matter. She also alleged that supervisor Scott Decoskey had told her previously that she was lying about the matter and used foul language, to which Decoskey denied. She also brought up a recent incident where she hired someone to clear the snow from the driveway and move it to the unoccupied land on the other side of the road. She said the township police drove by twice, and did not say anything. However, the next morning she said she was contacted by the
township police about pushing snow onto the road. The resident implored the township to address this plowing issue. In response, Decoskey, who plows during the winter, said he did not plow the snow up along the driveway and said he did not know who would do that. He disputed the claims that the township plows the snow onto her driveway. After additional arguments, the resident said they can go to court over the matter to let a judge decide the case. Once the resident left, the supervisors discussed the issue some more. “I guarantee there’s no way any of my guys did that,” Decoskey said. Supervisors Thomas Creehan and Jim Bradley, engineer Rich Wray and solicitor Gerald Neugebauer defended Decoskey and said he would never use foul language when talking to a resident. In other plowing matters, the supervisors asked that residents take caution when children build snow forts, caverns, igloos and other snow structures near the roads. They said that these structures could get plowed in, which could be dangerous to children who could get trapped inside. The supervisors also made a motion to hire L.R. Kimball to complete the engineering work for the new magistrate office building to be located next to the current building. The goal is to move the magistrate’s office into the new building, and the township will consolidate all of its offices in the old building. The magistrate’s office rents its current space from Cresson Township.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
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Penn Cambria student Morgan McConnell (second from left) was named as the female Lions Club Student of the Month for January. Presenting the award are Lions Club representatives Perry Scarton, Dom Ricupero and Chuck Terek. Submitted photo.
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Gallitzin Borough Council continues tackling truck troubles By Kristin Baudoux
of Mainline Newspapers
Last month, the Gallitzin Borough Council gave final approval for its truck route ordinance, which limits the roads large tractor-trailers are permitted to travel on within the borough. The truck route was established to prevent trucks from entering roadways that were not constructed to handle large truck traffic, with the exception of local deliveries. Trucks would frequently get stuck while turning or entering these areas, causing disruptions in traffic and possible property damage.
However, the borough council is still looking to prevent more trucks from entering onto these roads. At the Feb. 10 council meeting, borough manager Mike Fetsko said he was asked by mayor Alan Wahl to reach out to the management at Dollar General to make sure their delivery trucks are using the correct route. According to the council, in the past, many of the trucks that had been involved in these traffic incidents were making deliveries to Dollar General.
“Apparently their trucks have been getting lost on our streets,” Fetsko said. Fetsko said the trucks are coming into town on the truck route, but are not using the truck route when leaving town. “They’re leaving town the wrong way,” he continued. “They’re not taking the truck route through town.” Fetsko said he spoke with police chief Gerald Hagen on the issue. One of their suggestions was to get several, brighter
signs to designate the streets on the truck route. On a related note, council member Dave Lingafelt said there is still an issue with trucks using Williamson Street to enter town instead of using Chestnut Street, which is the main entrance into Gallitzin off Route 53. Fetsko said a Seven D sign that says “next right” is located near Williamson Street along Route 53 and wondered if the sign was confusing the truck drivers. He
suggested asking Seven D to move their sign closer to the Chestnut Street entrance. However, some of the council members said the sign is located after Williamson Street. They mentioned that the issue could also be caused by GPS navigation. While the route may be fine for a car or SUV, it is not appropriate for a tractor-trailer. Resident Chris Jones, who was in attendance at the meeting,
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