Gil­ber­ton fire re­mains ‘sus­pi­cious,’ deemed too dan­ger­ous to in­ves­ti­gate

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - BY John e. Usalis STAFF WRITER

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.

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