Traffic signal cameras get OK

On Tuesday night, Loyalsock Township supervisors voted unanimously in favor of allowing the state Department of Transportation to install video cameras for the traffic lights at the intersection at Four Mile Drive and Northway Road. The cameras will replace the magnetic loops underneath the pavement that trigger the traffic signals.

PennDOT will fund the cameras and the installation, but the township will be responsible for all future maintenance, township Manager Bill Burdett said.

“The magnetic loops are a pain because they break,” Burdett said. “The cameras will be cheaper in the long run.”

Burdett said that passing the agreement is a good introduction to the new technology, and if it doesn’t work out in terms of operating costs, it’s not something that the township will adopt in the future.

No figure was given regarding the expected cost of future maintenance.

The board also voted to hold a hearing on the township’s gas and oil ordinance that was passed in August of 2011.

The hearing – at 7 p.m. March 11 in the township building – will allow the public to give input as the board clarifies certain contradictions and inconsistencies in the original ordinance.

Burdett said now is the right time to clean up the ordinance, as the state Supreme Court recently ruled that a provision of Act 13 that stripped municipalities of their zoning rights is unconstitutional.

In other business, Loyalsock Township Tax Collector Dottie White Mertz requested the board vote on funding new signs for the exterior of the tax office.

“The old signs are faded,” Mertz said.

The board approved funding half of the cost, which will amount to $445, reflecting the original 1998 agreement in which the township and the Loyalsock Township School Board split the cost.