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Truck Traffic and McDonalds Restaurant Tops Pennsburg’s Issues
Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent

            At last Tuesday's Pennsburg Borough Council meeting, public discussion began with concerned resident Chris Kalb. Tractor trailer traffic is a safety and property damage issue for the borough. Mr. Kalb resides on Third Street and has been dealing with tractor trailers damaging his landscape and vehicles.

            Signs are clearly marked "Local Delivery Only" but the signs are ignored. There are similar restrictions on other borough streets. The traffic violations typically occur in the middle of the night, therefore making enforcement difficult.

            The council was sympathetic to the situation. Council President Kris Kirkwood said, "Chris, what are you looking for in a resolution?" 

            Kalb replied, "Signage and enforcement would help".

            Kirkwood suggested that Kalb set up a camera and then take the recording to the police.

            New business included a request for preliminary approval of the updated McDonald's project. Chris Mclean, from Fitzpatrick, Lentz and Bubba, represents the owners of the franchise. Mary Bachert of Bohler Engineering explained the revised plan to attendees.  The representatives described the updated plans which follow and comply with all comments from Pennsburg Borough, Engineer Josh Hagadorn, Fire Marshall Rob Malay and PennDot.

            The Council unanimously approved final plan of the project.

            Cynthia Smith, from Horizon Engineering, requested a waiver for a clear sight triangle requirement for the 11th Street subdivision. The development is a 33-lot subdivision with access to Seminary Street and plans are approved conditionally.

            The clear sight triangle requires that an intersection remain free of anything inhibiting the sight of drivers coming in and out of the development. On either side of the sight triangle is private property. One neighbor granted easement. Although the other resident was contacted many times, the resident did not grant easement for the sight triangle.

            Horizon requested the borough provide the other half of easement. With guidance from the engineer, the council granted the waiver.

            In other news, Police Chief Joe Adam presented his statistical report for the month of June. There were 422 calls and services rendered. The Upper Perk Police responded to two reportable accidents, three non-reportable accidents, two criminal arrests, 37 traffic details, 14 vehicle investigations, nine traffic citations, five warnings, three parking tickets or warnings, 93 public service security checks and eight alarm calls.

            The Pennsburg Council held an executive session before the close of the meeting. No decisions were made.   





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