The Cornwall Borough Council revisited a matter it first discussed more than two years ago, improvements to the intersection of Cornwall Road, Burd Coleman Road, and Freeman Drive. At that time Jon Fitzkee of the Lebanon County Metropolitan Planning Organization presented two possible options to the council to improve traffic flow and to make the intersection safer, a roundabout or at timed traffic signal.
The intersection is not a standard four-way intersection, with two perpendicular streets. The three streets connect with the intersection at odd angles.
Council president John Karinch told council the borough has received information there may be a reduction in the availability of state grants for road projects during the years ahead so the council needs to have discussions about the matter. During past discussions there was doubt expressed about the comfort and skills local residents would have in navigating a roundabout. That same comment was made at this week’s meeting, and there was also a comment about the expense of maintaining a traffic signal.
Mayor Mark Thomas said he would prefer to leave the intersection as it is but said another option would be to close all or part of Burd Coleman Road. Route 419 traffic would then flow through the intersection, he said, and traffic entering from Cornwall Road would only turn right or left after stopping at a stop sign. A member of the public attending the meeting suggested making Burd Coleman a one-way street.
Karinch said PennDOT has categorized the intersection a “failing intersection” because of the increased amount of traffic flowing through it. Karinch asked borough secretary Cody Rhoads to try to arrange for Fitzkee to attend the next council meeting.
Also at the meeting Karinch said a complaint has been received about chickens roaming freely in the Miner’s Village area. Karinch said the owner of the chickens has a coop on his property but allows the twelve to fifteen chickens to leave the coop and they enter neighbors yards and roost on porches.
Councilwoman Marie Tribioli asked if chickens are permitted to be kept in the borough. Karinch said they are permitted but they must be kept in a restrictive structure that is located 50 feet from all residences. Police chief Bruce Harris told council he will send an officer to investigate the situation.
The Community Fire Company reported that the company responded to 240 calls in 2019 with 25 calls involving structure fires, 41 involving vehicle accidents, and 2 for wildfires. More calls were received on Thursdays than other days and more calls came in a 5:00 p.m. than other times of the day.
The budget report for 2019 shows the borough had total revenues of $2.641,733 and total expenditures of $2,332,073.
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