CLEARFIELD – The Lawrence Township Supervisors held a short meeting Tuesday night.
During public comment, Amy Guffy spoke to the supervisors regarding tractor-trailer trucks, which end up on Flegal Road and eventually the Pifer Road area because of faulty global positioning system directions.
The supervisors have been aware for some time that some GPS systems direct users from Rockton Mountain up Flegal Road to get to a truck stop.
This has regularly resulted in trucks on roads not constructed for them and many end up on Pifer Road, which leads back to some homes and camps and has no outlet.
Guffy related that she is tired of telling the drivers how to get back to the interstate or even just having them turn around, as they are damaging the road and her driveway. She asked if the supervisors can do anything.
All three supervisors noted that they have been discussing the situation. One option suggested was to contact the GPS companies, but that is not practical.
Some GPS units do not direct drivers up Flegal Road, but properly direct them to the truck stop.
Supervisor Jeremy Ruffner suggested she could ask the drivers which GPS they use, in order to allow the supervisors to possibly attempt contacting the companies.
Guffy said next time she would just call the police, and police Chief Doug Clark said the officers would gladly respond and try to help.
In the meantime, the supervisors decided to authorize Solicitor James Naddeo to prepare a sign ordinance to be placed at the entrance to Flegal Road near Herring Veterinary Clinic while the supervisors look into which sign would be best.
Options for a sign, or perhaps more than one, include “local trucks only” and “weight limit 10 tons.”
A bid opening was held for the heating system at the main township building on George Street. Only one bid was received from Clearfield Electric, and they only submitted a bid for the electric portion of the project at $12,976. The supervisors voted to table the bid and advertise for bids for the mechanical portion.
The supervisors also voted to promote Officer Julie Curry to sergeant effective Nov. 25 and to hire part-time officer Devon Gill. His start date is Dec.18.