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Committee will again look at Grace Way, Water St. parking

September 6, 2011

Punxsutawney Councilman Larry Chenoga

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The elimination of parking on Grace Way and Water Street was discussed at Tuesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting, with members agreeing to take a second look at the elimination of all parking on the two streets because of increased truck traffic.

With the construction of a brine water treatment facility adjacent to the sewage treatment plant, the increased truck traffic has been a concern of council, committee member Roger Steele said.

Larry Chenoga, committee member, said since the last council meeting, there has been much discussion about why council planned to eliminate parking on both streets, when there has never been a complaint about it that he was aware of.

Steele said the committee walked both streets with Brian Sekula, borough engineer, and Joe Defelice, Public Works foreman, and agreed that the large trucks that will be traveling those two roads would have problems making the turn onto Water Street with cars parked along those two
streets.

Chenoga said the only problem he could see is the curb running from Grace Way to Water Street.

Steele said vehicles parked in front of Community Action Inc. are not a problem, but the last two parking spaces from the garage that is behind a house located near Mahoning Street could cause a problem, according to Sekula.

Steele said if there are more than four trucks an hour, that would be trucks coming in at least every 15 minutes.

Borough Manager Ben White said council voted last month to amend the ordinance to prohibit parking on both Grace Way and Water Street.

White said since that meeting, he received a letter about the parking situation from Community Action, and he asked Solicitor Jay Lundy to wait on that ordinance amendment until the issue could be discussed again by council’s Public Safety Committee, which should examine the parking situation once again, Steele said.

White said committee members could possibly look at the situation again when they attend a meeting Thursday at the sewage treatment plant.

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