What’s your number?: Council discusses fines related to missing house numbers
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Your number could be up if you don't have your address number affixed to your home or in front of it, according to Punxsutawney Borough Council.
"In my travels — as I walk a lot — every day, I have taken note that many homes in the borough do not have house numbers attached to them," said Larry Chenoga, Punxsutawney Borough Council president, at Monday's Public Safety Committee meeting.
"It is for a resident's own good. If there's ever an emergency where someone is ill or your house is on fire, having that number affixed to the house may save your life or property," Chenoga said, adding it would especially be a benefit if there are older people or young children who live there.
He said that Mary McHenry, Punxsy code enforcement officer, is out looking for homes without the address numbers on them.
According to Ordinance No. 1089, passed on June 8, 2009, by borough council, all property owners of residential, commercial or industrial properties in the borough are required to display the Jefferson County street number or address of such residential, commercial, or industrial properties in a conspicuous and prominent place, which shall be visible from the street directly in front of the property.
McHenry said in a letter that she sends to structures without the address number, "If you feel that your structure is adequately numbered, and perhaps we just missed it, please give me a call at 938-4480."
According to ordinance 167-2, "Any owner who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, pay a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $300 and/or spend up to 30 days in jail. Every day that a violation exists shall be considered a separate offense."
In other business, Chenoga said that only 50 percent of the sidewalks in town have been shoveled within the 24-hour time frame following a snow fall.
"I'm asking everyone to do a better job, because it is so dangerous for pedestrians to try to navigate the icy walks," he said.
Also, at Monday's meeting:
• Ben White, borough manager, said he received word from PennDOT that the Horatio Street railroad crossing is going to be upgraded from stop signs to flashing lights later this year.
White said PennDOT is filing an application with Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for the approval to upgrade the railroad flashing lights and circuitry where Horatio Street crosses, at grade, the single track of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc.
He said the borough will have to agree to provide a local match of $6,500 for the design of the warning devices.
• White said the Jefferson County Commission has notified the borough that it is preparing a contract for a bridge preservation project on the South Penn Street Bridge, which is owned by the county.
He said the project involves concrete barrier sealing and sidewalk replacement and will not require the closure of the bridge, but will require the closing of the sidewalk.
White said he was not sure if there would be a temporary sidewalk installed or if pedestrians would have to walk on the roadway in a safe zone.
• Mike Porada, chairman of public safety, said the Punxsutawney Fire Department has announced it is not having a carnival this year. However, the department is holding its annual parade at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29, on West Mahoning Street.
• White said Solicitor Jay Lundy has received the signatures from both property owners regarding the vacating of Farmers Alley, which is located between the former Punxsy Hotel property and McDonald's.
White added that there will be a public hearing in council chambers at 6:45 p.m. Monday, March 11, prior to the regular council meeting.