A public hearing on changing two Kingston Township streets to one-way lasted only a minute or so. The supervisors looked out over an empty room as they opened the hearing. The topic elicited no comments from the handful of residents in attendance.
During their regular session, supervisors then passed two ordinances which will change traffic patterns on Main Street.
In the future, traffic coming from SR 309 will be one way onto South Main Street to the intersection of Division Street and South Main Street.
The traffic pattern on North Main Street will also change. The supervisors passed a resolution establishing a “No Left Turn” onto SR 309 from North Main Street.
Supervisor James Reino said, “I feel it’s very important to establish these one-way streets,” citing the history of accidents at these intersections.
The supervisors tabled a resolution to create a 4-way stop at North Main Street and East Center Street.
A resident spoke to the supervisors, saying that the 4-way stop at that intersection would create “a great inconvenience to us.” She said that the intersection would create traffic backups comparable to those which occurred on Franklin Street and Main Street during the Center Street Bridge construction.
Chairman Jeffrey Box said, “We’ve commissioned a traffic study of the intersection.” He explained that if the intersection meets certain criteria, the township would have no choice but to put in the 4-way stop.
A motion to get an alternate engineer to inspect the East Center Street Bridge failed at the meeting. After the meeting, Box said he voted no because “the township engineer is perfectly capable.” Supervisor James Reino agreed.
Supervisors and residents discussed the timing of the stoplight at the intersection of Center Street and SR 309 as many feel the timing is not working properly. Township Manager Kathleen Sebastian said she would contact PennDOT about the intersection.
Bids were opened at the meeting for line painting on township roads. The township awarded the bid to Interstate Road Management with a low bid of $7,189.
Supervisors also approved $5,000 of repairs to the administration building’s HVAC system. They also approved the Adam’s Major Subdivision based on the planning committee’s recommendation.
Supervisors authorized Borton Lawson, the township’s engineering firm, to inspect bridges on East Franklin Street and Old Carverton Road at a cost of no more than $3,000.
The next meeting of the supervisors will be a public work session at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 8.