Plumstead to eye township speeders
By RILEY YATES
You may want to slow down when driving through Plumstead.
The police department plans to dip into its overtime budget to put officers on patrol for speeding cars, after widespread complaints from residents.
On Tuesday night, supervisors gave the go-ahead to the push, which Police Chief Duane Hasenauer said he can cover with his current $100,000 overtime allocation.
Hasenauer said he fields about a dozen phone calls a day from residents complaining about speeding vehicles.
The calls involve “just about every street in the township,” he said.
The request comes as supervisors have pushed for reduced speed limits on two main thoroughfares in town: Route 413 and Stump Road.
But that bid has been rejected by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which says traffic studies show lower limits aren't merited.
Heightened enforcement was praised by supervisors, who said they receive many of the same calls that Hasenauer does.
“I think it would be money that residents would say is well spent,” said Supervisor Betsy Helsel.
Quipped Kevin Malobisky, a Geddes Way resident: “Just tell us which streets and which times.”
Also Tuesday, supervisors met behind closed doors to discuss several possible candidates for township manager, a position that has been vacant since March.
One resident announced she is setting up a Web site, saveplumsteadwater.org, to offer information about a potential lawsuit settlement that would expand Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority's footprint in town.
Barbara Glassman, an opponent of the deal, said she also plans to hold community meetings on the issue.
Riley Yates can be reached at (215) 345-3133 or rdyates@phillyBurbs.com.