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Young Township residents urge travelers to watch their speed

August 10, 2012

Residents of Ellermeyer Road, Young Township, have requested that the township supervisors ask Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police to patrol the road more often to slow down speeders. Shown is a motorcyclist riding on the newly paved Ellermeyer Road. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

WALSTON — Young Township residents are requesting help from Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police on slowing down speeders on Ellermeyer Road.

State Police have offered assistance over the years and told residents to call them when they need them to enforce the 25 mph speed limit on the residential road that was recently paved, said Ron Walker, Ellermeyer Road resident, adding that if something isn't done, he thinks there's could be a tragic accident.

Pete Betts, township supervisor, said the township put up the speed limit 25 mph signs on the much-traveled road.

"When school starts up again, the kids from the high school will be traveling down that road and the problem will become worse," Betts said.

He said there are a lot of people who walk on that road, and someone is going to get hit.

Walker said since Ellermeyer Road was paved by the township, many drivers are taking advantage of it.

"I want to thank all of the supervisors and the workers in the township; the roads here are some of the best township roads in the state," Walker said, adding that Young Township's roads are the envy of other townships.

In other business:

• Residents of Benson Road continue to complain about the burning that is done by the owner of a property that is located on that road.

Larry Porada, Young Township code enforcement officer, has been to the residence in question, said Mary Ann Redding, Young Township secretary-treasurer.

Redding said there have been many complaints because the fires that are lit are quite large and hot, and they burn right near utility lines.

Andrew Meterko, supervisor chairman, said that the residents should call the fire department to extinguish the fire whenever one is lit.

Betts said once the fire department puts the fire out and the resident's burn permit is revoked, the township can take him to court.

• "There is nothing new to report regarding the audit from the Cantanese Group that was given to the DAs office for further investigation," Meterko said, adding that District Attorney Jeff Burkett has been tied up preparing for two capital cases that are going to be tried.

At the May 9 meeting, Carl Vulcan, CPA and forensic accountant of the Cantanese Group, was going to report the findings of his audit when the township's solicitor, Kipp Lukehart, advised the township supervisors to go into executive session before making any of the findings public.

The Cantanese Group was hired to investigate discrepancies in not only the sewage account, but also with payroll and cash discrepancies.

Redding said that according to the DAs office, Burkett has looked into the case and will be able to reveal his thoughts as soon as he concludes his preparation for the capital cases.

• Meterko said the oil and chipping has been completed by Suit-Kote Corporation, and paving on Cunningham and Ellermeyer roads was completed by Quaker Sales.

• Meterko said the State Auditor General's office has completed an audit of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 township liquid fuels account on Aug. 6, reporting that everything was fine with the account.

• Meterko said that a lot of residents have washouts due to the heavy rainstorms the township has endured in the last few weeks.

"There are a lot of people who we can help who have been victimized by a washout, and there are others we can't," he said. "There is one road in Adrian that has caved in numerous times and broke the water line along with it."

Meterko said if someone calls in with a problem, the supervisors try to take care of it.

Redding said the township workers need to be congratulated on the fine job they did cleaning up the downed trees and utility lines that were taken down due to the recent storms.

Also, at Wednesday's meeting, supervisors:

• Approved a a subdivision request by Mike Defelice on Calvary Lane as the final plans were submitted.

• Approved a motion to pay the bills and payroll.

The next supervisor's voting meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the township building.

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