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Forty Fort council told about safety concerns


February 17. 2013 7:38AM
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FORTY FORT -- Forty Fort council on Monday heard a request from Rebecca Zavada, a Dana Elementary School crossing guard, to post signs limiting parking to one side of Dana Street in front of the school during school hours.


She said the street is too narrow to accommodate buses and vehicles on both sides of the street.


Police Chief Fred Lahovski suggested several possible solutions, but said there are already too many signs on the street.


Lahovski's suggestions include making Dana Street a one-way from east to west, placing an officer on either end of the street for an hour in the morning and hour in the afternoon to monitor traffic and having the buses drop off students at the rear of the school.


He said that although an officer had monitored the area this week, he cannot issue citations.


"I'm only asking for signs, not extra officers," Zavada said.


"You will not be able to fit a fire truck or ambulance down that street with cars parked on both sides of the street."


Councilman Frank Michaels agreed that the situation is dangerous.


"It's a unique situation to have a neighborhood with an elementary school on a very narrow street."


He said he explored the geographical layout of elementary schools in surrounding school districts and said they are set off the street.


He said making the street a one-way would be a good idea but would probably upset some residents.


Councilman Rick Kamus said the Dana Street situation is the worst he has seen in seven years, and said a temporary ban on parking on one side of the street might help matters.


Council President Joe Chacke said he doesn't support making the street a one-way but would look into posting signs to restrict parking to one side of the street during school hours.


"I hate to make that street a one-way for two hours day, 180 days a year," he said.


He said council would review the borough's ordinances before taking action.


"We'll do whatever we can to take care of it then we'll talk about permanent solutions."


Council also:


• Awarded a bid for the sale of a 1998 Chevy Dump Truck to Charles Angelo of Plains in the amount of $4,260.


• Awarded a bid for the sale of a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria in the amount of $810 to Bayridge Motors of Staten Island, NY.


• Voted to hire Terry Paul as a crossing guard at $9 per hour.


•Announced that a Halloween Party would be held on Oct. 31 in the borough park from 5 to 7 p.m. Hot Dogs, juice and treats will be offered.


•After an executive session to discuss personnel matters and a litigation issue, council reconvened and voted to pass a resolution to adopt written procedures in how professional services are chosen for its pension plans.




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