Factoryville Borough Council members, police discuss parking issues

By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com | March 14th, 2016 3:30 pm

FACTORYVILLE — Members of the borough council and Dalton police officer Scott Gaughan discussed parking concerns during a meeting March 9.

Borough Manager Mary Ellen Buckbee and Council Vice President Bill Edwards both received complaints from borough residents regarding individuals illegally parking on Church Street in Factoryville.

“It’s a safety hazard,” Gaughan said. “I ticketed a car today, and it’s the second time I ticketed the same car. They were cited for obstructing traffic, but it would be better it was designated as a no parking (area).”

According to Solicitor Atty. Paul Litwin, members of council would have to take a few steps to prohibit parking on the road.

“The street is curved and there is no median to pull off, so anyone stopped is obstructing traffic,” Litwin said. “In order to enact no parking, the borough would have to do a traffic study and install no parking signs up and down both sides of the street.”

Council President Chuck Wrobel suggested handling the violators on a case-by-case basis for the time being.

Factoryville Grant Writer Sadie Rozenburg announced the Clinton Township and Factoryville Joint Municipal Park Board is discussing possibilities for a new Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant to install a trail around the park and/or put in a new baseball field.

“We’re also talking about ways to connect the Christy Mathewson and Joint Municipal parks,” Rozenburg said. “We sat down with Clinton Township to make sure they’re in agreement to work together on the project.”

Rozenburg and Maintenance and Sewer Plant Operator Steve Swift are working on a state Dirt and Gravel Roads Program grant application to acquire funding for low volume roads with drainage issues.

Buckbee informed Butch Schaffer, who addressed council last month regarding hosting fitness classes in borough hall, that he’s welcome to use the facility for the classes if he pays for a commercial liability insurance policy.

Members of council passed a motion to approve the emergency repairs to fix a hole on Maple Street caused by heavy rainfall in February.

According to Buckbee, the borough will use a portion of its remaining $14,456 in impact fee money left over from last year to pay for the repairs.

Litwin announced Keystone College signed the traffic signal maintenance agreement. Members of council made a motion to authorize a signature from Wrobel.

In other business, Veronica Geerts was unanimously appointed as a new council member, replacing Genevieve Evans who announced her resignation last month. Geerts was also appointed to serve as a member of the borough’s Municipal Sewer Authority.

The members of Factoryville Borough Council will hold their next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at borough hall, 161 College Ave.

By Robert Tomkavage


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