Allegheny Township on the lookout for speeders

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Township police have a new device to catch speeders.
Chief John Fontaine said it will be used in areas where his department are getting the most speeding complaints. Those include Route 356 area between Weinels Crossroads and Hyde Park Road, and Route 56 near the Oaks Plan.
Police wrote four traffic tickets last week with the help of the new, wireless equipment, called ENRADD.
The device, which cost $4,000, places invisible beams across a road 3 feet apart. An officer in his patrol car then gets a wireless transmission to read the speed.
This new method replaces the traditional Accu-track, in which speeds are manually read by a stopwatch, or the old VASCAR devices.
Copeland Road work a "go"
After nearly five years of delays, the township is ready to move forward on the replacement of the Copeland Road bridge, damaged during the remnants of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.
Township Manager Gregory Primm said paperwork is nearly completed now that a 5-square-foot discrepancy between the right-of-way and an appraiser's determinination of a property line has been solved.
Supervisors chairwoman Kathy Starr indicated that the township is eager to get the project started, as early as next month.
A smaller bridge along the interior of Copeland Road also will be replaced. Supervisors awarded a $4,600 contract to Garvin Boward Beitko Engineering of Somerset to do test boring to determine ground stability.
Primm indicated that both Copeland Road projects will be done at different times so residents won't be landlocked.
In other business:
Supervisors voted Monday to buy a Kubota Zero Turn Mower for a little more than $13,000 from Golden Eagle Equipment of Irwin. Public works director Steve Kanas and several other workers looked at five brands of mowers. A older mower, estimated to be about 15 years old, will continue to be used by the township for mowing a 2.7-mile walking trail.
Property owners with trees and shrubs that extend into the right of way will be notified by letter to trim or remove the trees. Public works employees will hand-deliver letters to violators.
Fontaine issued letters to 41 code violators last month, more than usual. Most of the violations were for homes that didn't properly display their house numbers.
Starr will attend a meeting Wednesday with Penn State New Kensington Campus Chancellor Kevin Snider and representatives of other local municipalities to see if projects funded by upcoming federal stimulus money can be used for regional projects.
Supervisor Doug Custer praised the police department for its quick apprehension of a suspect in the robbery at Papa John's Pizza, particularly officers Steve Hoculok and Charles Brink, who were first to respond.