HOMER CITY BOROUGH: Councilman resigns from post
February 05, 2014 10:55 AM
by ELLEN MATIS

HOMER CITY — Borough council accepted the resignation of former council president Richard Morris at Tuesday’s meeting.

Before serving as president, Morris had served on the council for a number of years. In his resignation letter, Morris said that “it has been a pleasure to serve the citizens of Homer City.” He said he is leaving to pursue other interests.

The council is accepting letters of interest from the public for Morris’ seat on council.

Filling her own vacancy on council, Elizabeth Brown was sworn in again Tuesday to serve a two-year term. Brown’s term ended at the end of last year.

“As a Homer City native I feel I am an excellent candidate. … I can see the efforts by council members to better our community,” Brown wrote in her letter of interest in returning to serve on the borough council.

A PennDOT representative announced Monday that the first phase of the removal of traffic lights at Main and Elm streets in Homer City Borough will begin in the spring.

As per a request by council, PennDOT, within its SINC-UP program, again conducted a test that had been completed last year.

“We thought we’d give it one more shot,” said Rob Nymick, borough manaer, at Tuesday’s meeting.

PennDOT again reporting that it recommends the removal of the traffic signal “as originally designated,” in a letter to the borough.

According to the letter, the test found that the highest volume of traffic at the intersection was 337 vehicles in its peak hour. To warrant the signal, at least 550 vehicles must go through the intersection at the peak hour.

Although Melissa McFeaters, assistant traffic manager for PennDOT, suggested at the meeting the possibility of installing four BlinkerSign Flashing LED stop signs, council chose to install regular stop signs at the intersection.

“It (the signal) is still unwarranted,” McFeaters said. “We would still like to proceed with its removal under the SINC-UP contract.

“We’ll (PennDOT) turn the signal on to flash initially for 90 days and then come and remove the signal,” McFeaters said. “The flashing period will start in the spring or early summer.”

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