Ransom residents raise concerns about quads, speeding on area roads

By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@civitasmedia.com | July 7th, 2015 12:25 pm

By Elizabeth Baumeister


RANSOM TWP. — Residents complained about speeders and quads travelling on various roads during the police report, presented by South Abington Township Police Officer Siegler, at the July 6 board of supervisors meeting.

Resident Lenay Blackwell said nine quads were “racing” up and down Bald Mountain Road the evening before. Supervisor David Bird said he received a lot of complaints about speeding lately on the same road, as well as Evergreen Drive and Ransom Road.

“If you talk to some of the residents, a lot of people know what time of day they’re coming through,” he said. “They could give you a description of the cars.”

Siegler suggested Bird call Chief Gerrity in the morning with the information, to which he agreed.

Supervisor Dennis Macheska also gave the officer information regarding a vehicle from which fireworks were being launched the night before in the community playground.

Siegler gave his report, stating it was a slow month, with one incident of fraud reported, the victim of which lives in the township, but the crime occurred via the Internet; a stolen bicycle on Skyline Drive and a non-criminal child custody dispute.

In other business:

• Bird gave an update on the township roadwork. He said the crack sealing is almost complete and work on Sekol Avenue should start next week. He said the township has plans to complete some work on ditches on Dark Regions Road to correct drainage problems, but a date is not yet set.

• The municipality received a resignation letter from township engineer James Gaidula, of Site Services Group. The supervisors are in the process of reviewing resumes and hope to hire a replacement soon.

• The board made three unanimous votes in approval of the following items: the 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan Resolution, reimbursement of funds to the township tax collector for Act 164 training and the awarding of the lowest bid for replacement of a metal roof on the Ransom Community Hall.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the municipal building on Hickory Lane.

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