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Parking to cease along Grace Way, Water Street?

October 9, 2011

The members of the Punxsutawney Borough Council Public Safety Committee have made their decision to eliminate all parking on Grace Way and Water Street. Larry Chenoga, committee member, said the small tandem water trucks that are run by the natural gas drilling industry and will transport brine water for treatment at a new facility in the borough will occupy both roads when traveling on them. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The members of the Public Safety Committee said at a recent meeting that with the opening of the brine water treatment facility near the Punxsy sewage treatment facility, on-street parking will have to be eliminated for both Water Street and Grace Way.

Larry Chenoga, committee member, said that he, along with Mike Porada, committee chairperson; and Ben White, borough manager, spent several hours observing traffic coming in and out on the two streets and recommend that all parking be eliminated because of the size of the trucks hauling the water in for treatment.

Council will need to approve the recommendation for it to take effect.
The small tandem trucks that are run by the natural gas drilling industry occupy the entire road when traveling on it, Chenoga said, adding that there's no room for any other parked vehicles on those roads.

Chenoga, White and Porada met with Robert Cardamone, executive director of Community Action Inc., which is located on Grace Way, and asked him how wide the street is during winter season when it snows.

Cardamone said that the road becomes quite narrow, Chenoga said.
"From what we heard and what we've seen down there, I have to say that I don't see any way out of not posting that 'No Parking,'" Chenoga said. "I don't see any way out of it."

Chenoga said Community Action will have to find alternate parking for eight to 10 vehicles, and that the Comet Market, which is located across from Grace Way, said that there is some parking available in its lot.
Cardamone said there's some adjacent property that Community Action could buy or lease and convert into parking spaces.

Chenoga said that Cardamone agreed with them that if council doesn't do something about the parking, there's probably going to be an accident in that area.

After performing a study and observing traffic on Grace Way, Chenoga said his recommendation is to go ahead with no parking for those two streets.

"I don't like doing that," he said, "but for safety reasons, I don't think we have a choice."

Porada said while they were observing the traffic flow on Grace Way and Water Street, there were three tankers that traveled down those streets, and he agrees that parking will have to be eliminated.

At the Public Works Committee meeting:
• Roger Steele, Public Works chairman, said that the oil and chipping of streets and alleys has been completed in the borough.

Steele said the crews did a good job on oil and chipping, especially on North Jefferson Street.

White said council spent about $53,000 on oil and chipping in the borough streets and alleys.

• Steele said the left-hand turn lane that was located at the Pine Street and North Findley Street intersection has been eliminated and is now just a single-lane street traveling north on North Findley.

White said the pedestrian crossings on Findley do not have audio to go with the new traffic signals.

The new downtown traffic signal pedestrian crossings will have audio at each intersection, he said.

Steele said that there will be hours at night when the audio sounds for the pedestrian signals will have to be muted, so as to not to keep downtown residents up at night.

"That noise will come right into those apartment windows," Steele said.
• The community center roof replacement project has been completed for this phase, Steele said.

There are a few minor cleanup items that need completed, the major portion of the roof has been completed, White said.

• Steele said the Graffius Avenue bridge project is supposed to be completed by Oct. 31.

There have been several delays that occurred some dealing with utilities, Steele said, adding that there's still a lot of work to be completed before it is opened up.

According to the PennDOT District 10 Web site, the bridge replacement project was originally scheduled to be completed Oct. 11.

• Leaf pickup in Punxsy borough is scheduled for the week of Oct. 24, Steele said.

"We have to get some leaves on the ground before pickup can be scheduled," he added.

White said it will take a couple of hard frosts to bring the leaves down.
The schedule for leaf pickup will be published in The Spirit.

At the Legal and Finance Committee meeting:

• White said work continues on the borough's Web site.

He'll be talking with all of the department heads as to what information from each department should be included on the site, White said, adding that he's hoping to have something online within the next few months for everyone to review.

In the beginning, the borough is looking to make it a basic, simple site, featuring some of the basic operations of the borough, he said.

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