|Melissa Shafer explains new ward boundaries|
Commission President Marty Zawarski was absent.
Manager Melissa Shafer stated that a new ward map will soon be available on the Township's web page, and pledged to work with the County to make sure that residents know where they need to go to vote.
"It's something we need to do, remarked Tom Nolan, while Michael Hudak added that the biggest problem will be notifying voters.
Solicitor Jim Broughal advised Commissioners that there was "some urgency" in getting these new boundaries adopted so that County elections officials can notify residents.
In other business, Commissioners voted 3 to 1 to adopt an ordinance authorizing a four-way stop sign at the busy intersection of Chester Avenue and Santee Road. That;s where a lot of traffic goes into and out of freedom High School. It is also located very close to the Bethlehem Vo-Tech, East Hills Middle School and Our lady of Perpetual Help Elementary School.
In September, two East Hills Middle School students were stuck by a car at the intersection while involved in a cross-country practice run. Parents had pleaded with township officials for a four-way stop sign, and an engineering study confirmed that there are some justifications for a fourth stop sign.
Resident Barry Roth, complained that "[t]he problem is the kids running in the street with a lack of respect for anyone" and complained about "jumping through hoops for two kids." Michael Hudak agreed with Roth, noting that the intersection has had very few accidents over the years. But three other Commissioners voted for the stop sign.
In other business, Commissioners authorized spending $8,450 for laptops in Township police cruisers.They also appointed several residents to boards and commissions as follows: Planning Commission - Don Wright and Mark Grandinetti; Municipal Authority - Ronald Gori; Civil Service - Ronald Todd; Recreation Board - Marilyn Minder; Vacancy Board - Frank Pologruto; Zoning hearing Board - Richard Pellizon; and Library Board - Janet Barry.
Finally, Commissioners authorized revisions to the Township's pension plans to include married gay couples.