Laceyville Borough Council decided by consensus on Tuesday, June 5, that it will not change Maple Street from a two-way to a one-way road.
“I’m not going to spend the borough’s money to take care of somebody’s parking problem,” explained Council President Randy Brigham when he made the announcement.
Council reported in April that it would consider the possibility of turning Maple Street into a one-way street. Problems had been reported with vehicles parking at the top of the hill. Brigham said in April that making Maple Street one-way, as it runs north, would solve the problem said.
On Tuesday, Brigham said he has spoken to residents along Maple Street over the past two months - with the consensus running 50-50. If converted to one-way, half the people want Maple Street to run north, while the other half want it to run south.
Council also looked at proposal on the cost of one-way street signs. It was determined that the cost of the signs alone would be approximately $328. Additional costs would require the borough spending about $1,000 to convert Maple Street.
On the recommendation of council member Kristy Johnson the project was tabled, with the option of being able to revisit it at another time.
Council voted to hire Brunges Mountain Lawn Care to provide mowing at River Park, plus Laceyville’s eastern, western, and entrance signs, at a cost of $125 per month. The mowing had previously been performed by the Laceyville Business Association, but stopped due to lack of members.
Borough Treasurer Kenneth Johnson reported that liens have been placed on two borough properties due to non-payment of their water bills. Johnson said that two more properties in the borough are scheduled to have liens placed against them this month.
Laceyville water operator Jay Butler reported that steps will have to be taken to correct a meter problem with the property of Jose Larreynaga.
The problem, Butler explained, is Larreynaga’s property has two water meters. One of the meters is for property owned by Keith Bloom. Larreynaga has indicated that he wants the other water meter removed from his property.
It was noted that the meters were installed when both properties were owned by a single person.
Butler said he will study the situation, but it will probably cost a couple of thousand dollars to perform the work.
Council member Henry Laboranti reported the borough has purchased two large reflective signs, providing information on the rules of the borough’s campsite, and Donovan Park. People with questions or wishing to make reservations at either facility may contact the borough office, or Laboranti at 570-637-3566.
In the police report, Chief Kevin Costello informed the council of the following activities that occurred in May: 1 noise complaint; 2 ambulance assists; 1 possible overdose; 1 drug paraphernalia; 1 Title 35 drug paraphernalia; 1 suspicious vehicle; 1 suspicious person; 1 assist other law enforcement; 2 checking the welfare of residents; and 4 suspicious activities. There were 3 traffic citations issued; 13 verbal police warnings; 3 assist motorists; 3 assist pedestrians, and 5 assist public.
Costello also reported that Laceyville Police began a patrol presence at Wyalusing Area School District in May.
Responding to some public inquiries about police responsibilities, Costello read the following statement during the report:“The police conduct traffic stops when they have observed a probable cause violation as per Pennsylvania Vehicle Code 75, which covers a wide range of Operator Behaviors and Vehicle Equipment Issues. Part of Law Enforcement duties at these traffic stops are to verify sobriety of the operator and determine the presence or absence of other criminal activity in and around those vehicles and its occupants.”
Council heard a presentation from Marty Malone, a representative of engineering firm P. Joseph Lehman Inc., concerning the possibility of repairing or replacing the Franklin Street bridge.
The bridge is currently closed because it is in disrepair. Malone said his company could oversee fixing the problem. One of the advantages, he said, is Lehman is willing to provide information or suggestions at no cost. The only time the company is paid, he said, is when a work order is placed.
Malone also said that state money is available to pay for the project - with the borough required to provide a 20 percent match. Federal money is also available, he said, in which the borough’s match would be 5 percent.
One possibility discussed was turning the 30-foot structure into a pedestrian bridge.