Roads focus of boro summer work
Roadway safety improvements were the order of the day June 18, as the borough prepares for summer events.
Council members agreed to change the start time for Freemansburg Elementary’s flashing school zone signs from 7 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. During dark winter mornings, drivers will be better notified of students who cross Kossuth, Monroe, Linden and Oak streets from 6:45 a.m. onward.
To protect drivers and a resident who lives at the bottom of Market Street, council members discussed the possible installation of a guard rail, fitted with reflective tape, along the sharp turn beside a residential property. If council approves the motion, rumble strips will also be cut in the roadway to warn drivers of the impending curve.
According to Police Chief John Itterly, there were “six citations for obedience to traffic control devices” in May, a significant decrease from April. Itterly also mentioned a reduction in the number of overweight trucks going from Freemansburg Avenue onto Main Street, a turn which limits vehicles to 10 tons.
The Weights and Measures Program in Pittsburgh has accepted two Freemansburg police officers, Kevin Foster and Mauro Conte. The program will take place from July 16 to 18, training both officers to enforce vehicle weight restrictions.
The Kellyn Foundation Mobile Food Market made its weekly visit to Freemansburg on a recent Monday.
“We were very happy with the turnout, even with the rain the last two weeks,” said assistant borough secretary Justine Rossi.
The market sells fresh produce and educates the public about healthy living. It’s open every Monday at the Freemansburg Municipal Park from 3 to 6 p.m.
The Freemansburg Police Department will be hosting the upcoming National Night Out Against Crime in August. The event aims to create a safer community by strengthening the relationships between the department and community during a family-friendly night of food, drinks, activities and entertainment. The fifth annual National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., July 2 at the Freemansburg municipal building.