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Supervisors examine speed in White Township

by on March 27, 2014 10:55 AM

Two White Township families again debated the merits of imposing a speed limit on lightly traveled Risinger Road during a supervisors’ meeting Wednesday.

Risinger Road resident Michael Apjok told the supervisors that a 25 mph speed limit, while not an end-all solution, would help slow traffic and keep children safe, his three daughters included. He said he believes the township has a responsibility to try to ensure residents’ safety and therefore should impose the speed limit.

The road is unlined and currently has no posted limit.

Other neighbors apparently agree — several have signed a petition seeking the speed limit.

However, Shirley Risinger, members of her family and a neighbor told the supervisors there is no point to setting a speed limit because it can’t be enforced — the township relies on state police for protection. They also said the dead-end road’s path limits speed as it is.

They said the better safety improvement would be for the Apjoks to trim back a tree that sits near the edge of the road to improve visibility. In addition, they said careful parenting also would be a more effective safety step than a speed limit.

The Apjoks have been seeking a speed limit since last fall, and their request prompted the township to conduct a speed study late last year. That study suggested a speed limit of around 32 mph. Some residents, however, said that was still too fast and pushed for a lower limit.

The supervisors were to have considered an ordinance setting a 25 mph limit Wednesday night, but in the end, they tabled the matter until after they conduct their annual road tour. The supervisors said they believed it would be appropriate to take a look at the area first before making a decision.

In other business, the supervisors conditionally awarded around $263,000 in procurement contracts for road materials, gasoline and diesel fuel.

Of the contracts, three valued at $21,713 are to be given to Hanson Aggregates, of Connellsville, for stone. A fourth stone contract for $23,900 is going to New Enterprise Stone & Lime for Co. of New Enterprise.

Lindy Paving, of New Galilee, won two contracts amounting to $118,700 for paving materials. It was the lone bidder for the material. Ligonier Stone & Lime, of Latrobe, won a $37,960 contract for anti-skid material. It also was the sole bidder for that material.

Bradigan’s Inc., of Kittanning, will supply $60,440 worth of gasoline and diesel. The awards are subject to a review by township officials.

Also Wednesday, township manager Milt Lady announced that the township’s annual spring cleanup has been scheduled for May 19-23.

Sam Kusic is a staff writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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