Loyalsock Township OKs street name

Loyalsock Township supervisors unanimously voted in approval to change Richard Avenue to Richards Avenue during its meeting on Tuesday.

Bill Burdett, township manager, said a portion of the street was named Richard Avenue in 1924. Since then, an addition was put on the street, which was named Richards Avenue. So, two parts of the street had two slightly different names.

Now that the supervisors passed Ordinance No. 387, the entire street will officially go by Richards Avenue.

In other business, the supervisors voted 3-2 to deny Ordinance No. 386, which was about a section of no parking of Lincoln Drive.

Voting to deny the motion were supervisors John Bower Jr., Marc Sortman and Paul Nyman. Voting for the motion were supervisors Richard Wheeland and Virginia Eaton.

“This is the second street we’re having an in-depth conversation about people going fast … What else can we do as a township to help control speed? I mean, speed is the issue,” Sortman said.

Ryan M. Tira, solicitor, said the township has very limited abilities to enforce speed but that state police could.

“I’d like to contact the state police,” Wheeland said.

Another option the supervisors discussed was potentially getting a sign that digitally tracks speed and displays it for drivers to be aware of their speed.

“Your first reaction when you see your speed is to leave off. It is your first reaction,” Bower said.

Nyman agreed that seeing the speed displayed makes people slow down.

“We need some signs that sit out on Lincoln more than anywhere else,” Sortman said.

Burdett said when the township previously looked into purchasing a speed-measuring sign over 10 years ago, the options did not include signs that measured data of speeders for the township.

“We got prices … We looked for the cheapest price,” he said.

He said the cost was close to $5,000. He would like one for the township that measures information about how often people are over the speed limit, which may cost a little more, and he would look into price estimates for a potential sign.

In other business, Shannon Lukowsky, recreation director, said there were two vacancies in the recreation department including an after-school coordinator and the basketball program coordinator.

“We are really struggling to find someone to run our basketball program. We have people signed up for it,” she said.

The program is supposed to start on July 25 and is open to children from ages 7 to 13 years old. The program is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until August.

The previous person who ran the program graduated and moved on, and no one has been able to fill the position for the children who wish to play basketball.

“It can be a high schooler up through college or just somebody who is retired,” Lukowsky said. “They just don’t have anybody who is around that is interested for the summer.”

The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 26 at the township building, 2501 E. Third St.