Library director seeks improved signage for entryway

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During Tuesday’s Public Safety committee meeting, Punxsutawney Memorial Library Director Coral Ellshoff said she would like to improve the signage and increase the visibility of the entrance at the library.

Committee member and council President Susan Glessner said her only request was that the lettering be consistent with the rest of the lettering on the building.

Glessner said that the Friends of the Library is going to pay for the sign, but the group seeks council’s approval because the borough owns the building that houses the library, the Mahoning East Civic Complex.
Ellshoff said in a letter the library needs a larger sign to help new visitors to better find the entrance.

Committee member Larry Chenoga suggested placing a sign that resembles the one in front of the civic center that identifies the offices and tenants of the building.

He said as long as the sign matches the other one, he’d be in favor of it.

Glessner said she would meet with Ellshoff and obtain more information for Monday’s council meeting.

In other business:
• Police Chief Tom Fedigan said his department is applying for a grant to assist with the purchase of a new dispatch console for the police station.

Fedigan said he received information about the grant from Tracy Zents, Jefferson County Emergency Services director.

The grant would help pay to upgrade the department’s aging dispatch console.

He said he’s hoping to receive approval by the beginning of October.

• Roger Steele and Brian Sekula of The EADS Group, the borough engineer, assessed the parking situation on Grace Way and Water Street.

Their recommendation is to restrict parking on both sides so there’s enough room for large trucks to turn onto Water Street.

• Chenoga asked when the street light was going to be moved from the back of the law offices of Morris & Morris to near District Judge Douglas Chambers’ office.

Glessner said she would have Borough Manager Ben White check with Penelec on the street light.

• Mike Porada, chairman of Public Safety, said there are some bushes on Walnut Street that make it difficult for traffic to get out.

The bushes in the IUP Culinary parking lot on the South Gilpin Street curve are blocking the view for traffic exiting from White Alley and traveling through the Domino’s parking lot, Porada said, adding that the matter could be brought up for discussion at Monday’s council meeting.