Steakhouse in township approved

PENNSDALE?- Final approval of the traffic analysis for the proposed development of a Longhorn Steakhouse was given by the planning commission and the township supervisors at Wednesday night’s meeting.

“The projected traffic analysis was in agreement with the final analysis,” according to engineer Armond Aquilino. “The amount of traffic should not surpass the capacity of the road, driveway and intersection.”

Current traffic at and around the intersection should function properly for the majority of the year with little backup during the Christmas season, he said.

Township Supervisor Paul Wentzler expressed his concerns about the straight-through traffic from the steakhouse and mattress shop to the mall.

“I think there needs to be some exit and entrance areas to the mall parking lot blocked off,” Wentzler said. “It is my personal opinion that there may be some trouble with that.”

Aquilino said they would look into that concern and come up with a plan to take care of the possible problem.

The township supervisors reserved the opportunity to address any other issues that may come up as the project continues.

The supervisors still are reviewing the proposed security system. They originally agreed to go with the lowest bid. A new bid recently was offered and is much lower than the bid from the original contractor.

The township’s police chief also updated supervisors on upcoming events.

“We have the haunted barn every Friday and Saturday for the month of October plus two weddings. The parking is going to be tight,” said Police Chief Corey Palmatier. “We also have (a) Pampered Chef bingo event going on this weekend. Things are really going to be busy around here … We are taking quotes for lettering the new fire apparatus and training for the use of it will be underway soon.”