|Barry Roth called parental concerns a "knee jerk reaction"|
A traffic study must be performed before a township decides to add a stop sign at an intersection. Solicitor Jim Broughal advised the Board that, believe it or not, "Traffic signs cannot be used to control speed, just traffic." He added that a sign installed without a study.
|Doreen Connelly's daughter stuck by car at that intersection|
Those claims were disputed heavily by Doreen Connelly and Nathan Stannard, parents of the two children who were recently hit.
"Do we need to have a child in intensive care", she asked.
Stonnard, whose son was thrown eight feet in the air by a car that left 28' of skid marks, said that perhaps it's the drivers who need an education. "It's a very dangerous intersection."
Parent Robyn Guadagnino told Commissioners she sees a "near miss" at the intersection nearly every day. "It's the kids taking chances, left and right."
Resident Don Wright reminded Commissioners of a fourteen year old high school girl, a pedestrian who was stuck and killed while crossing Freemansburg Avenue in the Miller Heights section in 2005. He suggested several areas in the township would benefit from a traffic study.
Commissioner Tom Nolan, who advocated for a stop sign at this intersection seven years ago, moved for a traffic study. President Marty Zawarski wondered whether the school district would be willing to share in the cost, but Nolan cut him short. "I don't put a dollar sign on safety," he argued.
Township Engineer Brian Dillman advised the Board that PennDOT will endorse a stop sign at the location if any one of several conditions are present, including high traffic, frequent accidents, reduced visibility. He added that a four-way stop sign is a precursor to a traffic signal.
Commissioner Michael Hudak was absent.
In other business, Commissioners appointed Frank Grillo, a Bulldogs' Assistant Coach, to the Recreation Board. They also awarded Police Officer David Spearko a monthly disability pension of $2,921.75. He was injured on the job in January 2012.
Finally, Manager Melissa Shafer announced that the township's new web page, http://www.bethlehemtownship.org/, has gone live. Among its features is a live chat function, which Shafer believes is a first for a local government in this area. She added that she took seven chats herself. "It's very easy to find what you're looking for," she stated.