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RINGTOWN — The mayor of Ringtown has concerns about speeding in the borough and suggested cooperating with a neighboring township for enforcement.
Mayor George Leiby raised the subject at Monday’s meeting of Ringtown Borough Council due to the recent paving of Main Street.
“Being that we’re going to have a racetrack on this nice road going through town, there is a new machine called ENRADD (Electronic Non Radar Device) that you may have seen,” Leiby said. “It has a little square thing that you put on each side of the road. You have no lines. You can put it down and the officer can be up the road.”
“You can pick it up about a half mile away,” police Officer Theodore Buriak Jr. said.
Leiby said Union Township uses ENRADD and raised the possibility of an agreement to allow borough police to use it.
“If we use it one week a month on different weeks when they’re not using it, we can keep the speeding down,” Leiby said.
Councilman Thomas Murray asked what a new device would cost, with Buriak saying about $5,000. Leiby spoke with township officials and was told it was above $4,000. He suggested the borough could pay a portion of cost for using it one week a month, such as $1,200 a year. The company would certify the device and train the police officers in its use. The device would need to be recertified every 90 days they are out.
“From my understanding, the agreement (for the device) for the first year is a little over $4,000, and after that they (the company) come every so often,” Leiby said. “If we went in and be partners with Union Township, we can give money back to them and it would help us out in the borough.”
According to the website of the ENRADD manufacturer, YIS Cowden Group, Williamsport: “ENRADD Wireless System is a Pennsylvania approved non-radar speed-timing device. It was developed as a speed enforcement tool that can be deployed in a wide range of traffic conditions. The wireless link allows the ENRADD to be separated from the non-contact road switch that form the timing zone. This wireless link allows the ENRADD display to be a distance of +/- 2000 feet from the NCRS timing zone, i.e. line of site. The ENRADD Wireless System measures the speed of a vehicle as it passes through the NCRS timing zone, then displaying the speed for the officer to see.”
Council President Julian Milewski opened the discussion with the rest of the council, with some suggesting the borough obtain the system on its own. There was also a liability concern if the unit is damaged.
Leiby said Frackville police are using ENRADD with success.
“I see the burnout marks from people on the new macadam. Summer is here, whether we like it or not,” Milewski said. “I say get us a quote for next meeting and we’ll think about it.”
Solicitor S. John Price said the device would need to be added to the borough liability coverage if a cooperative agreement is made.
In other business, Milewski said the borough received applications for an open part-time police officer position. Interviews will be scheduled.
In the engineer’s report, Alfred Benesch & Co. project manager Jacqueline A. Peleschak told the council that estimated cost for the drainage improvements on Cherry Street near Ninth Street is $2,500 to $3,500. A resident plans to reroute drain pipes on a property and borough employees will put stone into an infiltration trench. Borough foreman Scott Schuetrum said his department will be able to do the job.
Peleschak said the Phase 1 study at the former Ringtown Area Elementary School building is ongoing. She will meet with representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection on June 22 to discuss underground fuel oil tanks. The survey is being conducted to evaluate what is in the building, such as asbestos, and around the property if the borough finds a
buyer for the property. The former borough high school was used by North Schuylkill School District as a regional elementary school, but when the school closed, ownership of the building reverted to the borough per the original agreement between the district and borough.
Peleschak said the Community Development Block Grant application deadline to the county is Sept. 7.
Schuetrum’s foreman report gave an update on the search for a trailer or truck to be used as an equipment vehicle when necessary. Employees currently load a pickup truck with the items to take to a site, and at times it is necessary to return to the garage to get more tools. A dedicated trailer will hold everything and can be towed to a work site. Since the May council meeting, Schuetrum contacted dealers and found a trailer at Susquehanna RV at $6,897. The council approved the purchase with funds from the water account.
Leiby and Milewski thanked Schuetrum for working with the state Department of Transportation during the Main Street paving project, with Schuetrum thanking PennDOT in the cooperative effort.
The council approved waiving a permit fee for residents who replace sidewalks. The borough waives the $25 fee in the summer to encourage improvement.
During the public portion, the council heard complaints from residents about outdoor burning of wood and other materials, causing health concerns for people with respiratory issues, as well as being a fire hazard to structures. Milewski and Price referred the matter to Leiby and the police department to get addresses and check with property owners about burning ordinance violations.