Greencastle benefits from PennDOT glitch

PAT FRIDGEN

Motorists may now make a right turn on red at the U.S. 11 and Walter Avenue intersection. Greencastle borough council vice president Harry Foley, presiding in the absence of president Charles Eckstine, announced at Monday's meeting that the borough recently took down the No Right Turn on Red signs, which had been in place for years.

Foley explained that citizens had questioned the restriction, especially since with the short lights, traffic did not flow in a timely manner at the busy intersection. Borough manager Kenneth Womack had investigated the highway occupancy permit, and found it did not require the signs. He approached PennDOT, which indicated it was therefore permissible to remove them and allow the more liberal turning movements. Foley asked that drivers still utilize good safety practices.

Councilman Craig Myers was also absent, so the short meeting was conducted with James Farley, Matt Smith, Frank Webster Jr. and Wade Burkholder present. Foley asked for a moment of silence to remember two citizens who recently passed away, and had served the community well - Greg Overcash and Don Eshleman.

Council approved the 2011 Municipal Wasteload Management Report for the treatment plant. Womack said the system was in good shape, running at half capacity. The borough had planned for 10 new homes last year, but that didn't happen. The staff was still bringing down the nitrogen phosphorous level to meet Chesapeake Bay initiative standards. Inflow and infiltration repairs for the Carlisle Street pumping station were being addressed, as flow was exceeding the pump capacity.

A new K-9 vehicle had arrived and was being fitted for Rony and his handler. The 2000 Ford Tahoe would cost about $18,150 once the work was complete. The purchase was included in the 2012 budget. Foley believed the vehicle was a good buy, with just 45,000 miles on it.

He expressed appreciation for Mildred Wolfe, who donated the front of her property for the right-of-way on Buchanan Trail West for the U.S. 11/Route 16 intersection improvement project.