Greencastle officials want to put more teeth in safety, parking rules

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

It could soon cost more for violating public safety and parking rules in Greencastle.

At its Monday night meeting the borough council forwarded a proposed change to the town code that would make fines for violations of some public safety laws stiffer. Currently a bicycle rider cited for riding on the sidewalk in the downtown area faces a $10 fine plus court costs and a persons cited for riding a skateboard, rollerskates or rollerblades on any sidewalk can be fined $25 plus costs. The proposed change would make both fines $50 with a reduction for timely payment. The council will also consider making the maximum fine for a parking meter violation $50 instead of the current $15 with reduction options for specific violations.

Other changes to be advertised and considered for approval by the council in September include changing the process for when a police officer or the meter enforcement officer notes parking violations such as blocking a driveway or being too close to stop signs or a fire hydrant. Under the proposed law the officer can issue a ticket rather than having to issue a citation and go before the district magistrate.

“This would be similar to the parking ticket process now,” said borough manager Ken Womack. “If you get a ticket for one of these violations and pay it within the specified time nothing else happens. If you don’t pay it in a timely fashion a citation is issued and you go before the district justice.”

On other street business, there’s more work in store for Madison Street. Much of Madison Street has had a total upgrade during the past year and a half including work on the storm drain. A portion of the storm drain at the underpass on the west end of Madison was not completed with project. Monday night council awarded a bid of $71,994 by Valley Quarries to replace the storm sewer and resurface the road. Officials did not say when the project will be started or how long it will take.

Issues brought by the public

Two members of the public addressed the council Monday night.

Resident Jerry Stout asked for the borough’s help in preventing flooding in the area of Allison Street and Moss Spring Estates. Stout asked that the drainage area that has overgrown with vegetation this summer be cleaned to allow proper runoff. Officials agreed to set up a meeting with the borough engineer to seek a solution, however cautioned that dealing with the state on a waterway is sometimes sticky.

Contractor Bill Hudson expressed frustration that a new water line planned for Antrim Way along the front of the new Allegany Optical building he is developing has been delayed. Hudson doesn’t want to lay the driveway for the building and then have it torn up by the water project. Hudson had been told that the project would have been bid earlier this summer, however it has been held up by state approvals according to borough officials. Hudson said his building project is complete except for the paving.

Borough officials were understanding of his plight, but said their hands are tied by the state.