Duboistown Boro Council approves parking, traffic changes

DUBOISTOWN — Under public safety, DuBoistown borough council approved a motion at their meeting Thursday night that would change parking and traffic restrictions on several borough streets.

Included in the proposed amendment are the following changes:

• No parking on the east side of Edgewood Avenue, north of Cochran.

• No parking on the east side of Bubb Street.

• Sortman Street would be one way west from Westland to Valley Street.

• A stop sign would be placed at the intersection of Highland and Winter Streets making it a four-way stop.

The council directed the borough’s solicitor to draft an amendment to a borough ordinance that would include the changes. The public will then have an opportunity to review the amendment, after which the council will give final approval to the amendment.

Council on Thursday also voted to raise the cost of a parking ticket in the borough from the current amount of $15 to $25.

Following a discussion of a parking problem on Summer Street, particularly on Mondays and Thursdays, council voted to instruct the police department to patrol that area and aggressively ticket parking violations for the next four weeks to try to alleviate the problem.

One issue that was brought up concerning this, was that drivers are illegally blocking a fire hydrant and a fire lane in that area. It was also noted that vehicles in violation of fire safety codes can be towed.

In another safety issue, regarding sidewalks in the borough, council said because the Property Maintenance Code was adopted in the past, under that code, every property must have a sidewalk and any safety issues with existing sidewalks must be corrected.

According to council, the 2018 Property Maintenance Code, which is the standard for the borough, also states that no junk vehicles are allowed on borough properties. Council agreed that the borough code should be amended to reflect the Property Maintenance Code on this issue.

In other business council:

• Approved the appointment of Richard Knecht to the Planning Commission.

• Approved the appointment of Craig Kropp and Jeffrey Kreger to the Zoning Hearing Board.

• Approved a motion to move forward with an application for a United States Department of Agriculture grant which would cover up to $50,000 for building renovation projects.

• Approved a motion to send up to three people to a symposium on highway maintenance on April 23 at Hershey at a cost of $65 per person.

• Announced a meeting at 5 p.m. March 8 at Executive Plaza to discuss the scope of the Sylvan Dell Project.

• Announced a meeting at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Borough Building to discuss the highway maintenance co-op.

• Approved a motion to spend up to $2,100 to finish the sign project in the borough.

• Approved a motion for the Fire Department and the Ambulance Service to pay up to an extra hour to cover the costs for the borough secretary to do their payroll.

In his report to council, John Bichart, the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority representative said several problems with manholes had been discovered in a recent investigation. He said the problem was that new tops had been placed on deteriorating bottoms, so that a means of replacing the bottom portions of the manholes is being explored. He noted that grant money is being sought for this work.

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Borough Building, 2651 Euclid Avenue.