Tunkhannock Area Borough Council on Thursday continued to express concerns about possible changes in local traffic patterns when the consolidation of the area schools occurs in September.
Responding to questions from council, Police Chief Keith Carpenter said he believes traffic patterns will not be drastically changed at the high school and middle school.
Carpenter said he has been informed that at most, four more buses will be on permanent route at the two schools.
However, one potential problem may occur at what is now Roslund Elementary, the chief said. Presently, eight buses now transport students to and from the school. Come September, Carpenter said, the number could triple as kindergarten, first and second grade students from Mill City, Evans Falls, and Mehoopany are also transported to the facility.
During the conversation, resident Ron Coolbaugh noted that the additional buses will be at Roslund twice during the day - once in the morning to drop off and in the afternoon to pickup.
“That’s an awful lot of traffic,” said council member Marshall Davis.
Carpenter said the Tunkhannock Area School District has been working on transportation as part of its consolidation plan. But how it will, the chief could not say.
“We really won’t know that until the first day,” he said.
Borough solicitor Paul Litwin said he has received a communication from the attorney representing Northeast Marcellus Aqua Midstream.
Litwin said the company objects to sections 11.3 and 11.4 of the franchise agreement, which would subject it (the water company) to payment of damages if certain paperwork was not filed within a specific period of time.
If the agreement reaches the final stage, it will allow NE Marcellus Aqua Midstream to use a pipeline to transport water from the Susquehanna River across the borough then through Tunkhannock Township to Lemon Township into an impoundment where the water can be used for fracking purposes.
Part of the agreement requires the company to provide water at a specific pressure to fire hydrants located in the borough.
Litwin said that there are other protections for the borough throughout the contract which can be exercised, if necessary.
He also said that the sections in question are normally used in construction contracts.
What the borough is considering in this circumstance is akin to a long-term service contract, he said.
After some discussion, council voted to agree to eliminate the two sections in question.
During the police report, Mayor Norman Ball praised Carpenter for his efforts and assistance at the recent D.A.R.E. program held at the Tunkhannock Area Middle School.
Carpenter reported that the last stage of an E-filing system in the police cruisers recently became active, allowing them to file traffic citations and other documents directly with the local Magisterial District Justice.
“It cuts out the middle man,” Carpenter explained.
Carpenter also noted that it was eight years ago today (Thursday, June 7) that Josh Miller was killed in the line of duty. Miller was a former Tunkhannock Police Officer who became a state trooper. He lost his life while trying to rescue a child.