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Pennsburg Council Again Tables Action on Long Alley
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-04-27

            After hearing from multiple residents and one local merchant, Pennsburg Council declined to act on a proposal to make a portion of Long Alley one-way for the second straight meeting. On Tuesday President Diane Stevens tabled a motion to eliminate two-way traffic in the alley, located behind Dunkin' Donuts, from Route 663 to 5th Street.

            Stevens expressed a desire to invite the owner of the donut shop, located at 400 Main St., to participate in the conversation which is expected to resume on May 25. According to Vice President Patrick Suter, a lack of input from the owner is exacerbating the situation.

            According to Stevens, the Dunkin' Donuts manager is aware of the situation. She asked the engineer and Solicitor Daniel I. Sager to speak to the owner before the meeting.

            Since February officials have been contemplating a proposal to allow traffic to only flow south between Route 663 to 5th Street. Members have argued that the ordinance would address speeding in the alley and prevent traffic leaving the restaurant from making a left turn out of the alley onto Route 663. According to Stevens, Pennsburg Fire Company Chief Scott Seip supports the proposal.

            Two weeks ago a pair of Penn Street residents attended the Zoom meeting to express their opposition. On Tuesday, multiple property owners returned to voice their concerns.

Charles Serrano, of the 400 block of Penn Street, repeated his opposition to the proposal. He told the members that eliminating two-way traffic would make it impossible for him to safely transport his horse trailer back into his driveway.

            Deana Bittenbender, who lives in the unit block of Quakertown Avenue, told council that making a segment of the alley one way would make a bad situation worse. She claimed she has had to ask customers of the restaurant to move their vehicles so she could get out of her driveway.

"One-way (on the alley) would be a big problem," Bittenbender said. "This situation is not getting better. It's getting worse."

            Kristine Kelly, of the 400 block of Penn Street, suggested that council approve one-way traffic in the opposite direction. However, Upper Perk police Chief Joe Adam determined that making traffic travel south is the safest option.

            Steven Rothenberger, of Brode & Brooks Inc., located at 418 Main St., expressed his support for the original proposal. He said the current alley traffic was destroying the proximate properties.  "I'm a little concerned about the (traffic) stack coming off Route 663," Rothenberger said. "One-way is the only way to go."

            Kelly and Katherine Discipio, of the 400 block of Main Street, suggested that Dunkin' Donuts relocate. Stevens responded by saying the council does not have the authority to force any business to move.


 

 

 

 

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