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Waynesboro Borough Council briefs

February 03, 2005

Stop sign approved for Walnut and Third


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A four-way stop sign at the intersection of Walnut and East Third streets was approved by the Waynesboro Borough Council Wednesday night, a concession to Third Street residents who had asked for it to slow traffic and make their street safer.

The speed limit there is 25 mph, a posting residents say many drivers ignore.

The stop signs were recommended by the council's street committee following a traffic survey by the borough's engineering department and the urgings of Third Street residents.

Councilman Dick George, street committee chairman, made the motion. It was seconded by John Cook. The residents also asked for a four-way stop sign at the next intersection west at South Church and East Third streets. The street committee denied that request.

Council President Charles "Chip" McCammon cast the only dissenting vote.

"I'm opposed to more stop signs on Third Street," he said. "Third Street serves as an east-west bypass in the southern part of the borough."

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He asked that a public survey be conducted to see how many residents favor stop signs at the Walnut Street intersection.

George countered that the street committee members deemed it an unsafe situation that needed a stop sign. He moved the question and the motion passed.

The council also discussed an old issue - asking the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to install a traffic light at the intersection of Northeast Avenue and East Main Street. McCammon opposed the idea, saying it would back up traffic during peak times on East Main Street.

No action was taken.




Public comment to precede council vote


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A time-honored tradition was challenged by a resident and will now be changed at Borough Council meetings.

The council's meeting agenda allows public comment only after votes are taken.

Roy Tressler, of 121 W. Third St., spokesman for Citizens for Sane Development, the group that opposed construction of a Rutter's Farm Store on South Potomac and East Third streets, asked that members of the public be allowed to speak before the council votes on issues.

Borough Solicitor Lloyd Reichard recommended that votes be taken after the public has an opportunity to speak. The council agreed to the change.

Further down on the agenda the request for public comments on nonagenda items will remain as is.

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