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Bridge Restriction Sends Trucks Through East Greenville
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2024-02-07

            The decision to restrict access to a bridge in Upper Hanover is impacting traffic in East Greenville. On Tuesday, council discussed the increasing number of tractor-trailers driving through the borough.

            The members contemplated potential solutions to the problem. Member Joe Rock wondered aloud if the members should consider limiting parking on one side of a portion of Main Street to avoid traffic incidents.

            "I almost got clipped [over the weekend]," Member John Dingler said.

            Administrative Manager Jim Fry pushed back on the suggestion. He told the members that limiting parking could hurt businesses in the borough.

            Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation implemented a significant weight restriction on the Church Road bridge over a branch of Perkiomen Creek in Upper Hanover.

           The decision to reduce the weight limit, due to its structural condition, along the designated truck route has led the oversized vehicles to re-route through the borough. The bridge is scheduled for replacement, according to Fry.

            The administrative manager suggested that the members send a letter to the agency requesting that the route be reinstated once the new bridge is constructed. Fry also suggested copying state Sen. Tracy Pennycuick, R-24th Dist., and Rep. Milou Mackenzie, R-131st Dist., on the correspondence.

            In other news, the members approved new furniture – chairs, desks and other office needs – for the renovated meeting room at Borough Hall, located at 206 Main Street. They voting unanimously to spend $4,679 to purchase from Richter Total Office, located in Souderton. The cost of shipping is included, according to a copy of the receipt presented after the meeting by Dingler, who chairs the borough's property committee.

            The municipality received two bids for the furniture, according to the member. He said the other one was nearly three times as expensive.

            The work to upgrade the interior of the building, that began Jan. 3, is approximately 55 percent complete, according to Dingler. He said after the meeting that the contractor has until early April to finish the renovations. In December, the members approved a contract with John Membrino to complete the work at the former church.

            The borough sold seven 13-foot pews through Municibid. Fry said one was sold for $31 and the others went for $25.  The borough is keeping one pew, according to the administrator.

            The municipality is continuing its search for a new administrative manager. Member Alison Palmer said council is still accepting resumes for candidates to replace Fry.

            In October, Fry announced his intent to resign from the position as lead administrator. However, he will continue to work for the borough as its code enforcement officer and the backup water operator. He will also maintain his position as the emergency management coordinator and will continue to handle the borough's municipal separate storm sewer system work as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

            Leanne Engle, executive director of the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce, appeared to discuss the return of First Fridays. The event, started last year, will run in the borough from May to October.

            "It was a huge success," Engle wrote in an email message last year. "The UPV community showed up and we received nothing but positive feedback, so we decided to keep it going for 2024."

            According to Dingler, the work to replace a traffic signal at the intersection of 4th and Main streets is scheduled to start in approximately six weeks. He also said the plan to reconstruct the 600 block of Blaker Drive is on hold.

            In December, the member said the contractor may ask for an extension on this project due to the weather. Council approved a motion to extend the contract deadline to August, according to the meeting minutes posted on the municipality's website.

            Two months earlier, council voted to pay GoreCon Inc., of Chalfont, $252,969.63 for the job.

            In January, the Borough of East Greenville Police Department responded to 119 total incidents. They included 35 for traffic, 12 public services and eight assists.

            Six were related to parking issues. The officers also responded to three accidents, two fires and one incident of fraud. The document, provided Tuesday morning by police Chief Randy Morris, identified 52 incidents designated as "other."

            Council held the meeting at the East Greenville Firehouse due to the municipal renovations. It will reconvene at 7 p.m. on March 4 at the firehouse, located at 401 Washington Street.


 

 

 

 

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