CLEARFIELD – Lawrence Township is one step closer to moving all its operations to one central location.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, the supervisors voted to borrow $440,000 from CNB Bank at an interest rate of 2.39 percent, pending the signing of a sales agreement and with the option to extend the agreement beyond the planned five-year loan.
When asked about the property, the supervisors stated they are still not able to officially confirm which property they are considering purchasing, as there is no sales agreement yet.
The supervisors also received an update on the traffic situation on Mount Joy Road.
At previous meetings, the supervisors discussed the increasing problem of drivers speeding down Mount Joy Road, and then having to stop suddenly after crossing the railroad tracks due to stopped buses.
In fact, it was noted that speeding vehicles have been a serious problem on the road, especially near Moyer’s Auto Body, where employees have reported numerous close calls.
Roadmaster Ron Woodling said he received a letter from the state Department of Transportation regarding the issue and PennDOT offered a couple of options.
The first was to place school bus stop signs just before the railroad tracks. Woodling said there are already signs there.
The second option is to make the road 25 miles per hour from River Road to the top of Mount Joy. Woodling said that the problem he sees with that is that vehicles going up the hill would have problems, especially in the winter, with 25 miles per hour.
There are flashing school zone signs with 20 miles per hour during school hours, but Woodling wasn’t certain if they are enforceable if they are yellow and black. He suggested the township might need 15 miles per hour signs with flashing lights like the ones at St. Francis School.
Solicitor James Naddeo responded and said that flashing lights trump color. In other words, if there are flashing lights, traffic must slow down to the required speed.
“The signs are there already then,” Woodling said.