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Mt. Pleasant Township to upgrade regulatory and warning signs

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Township's board of supervisors focused on ways to keep the municipality safer and cleaner during its regular monthly meeting Monday.

Supervisors approved a resolution to establish and implement an assessment or management method to maintain regulatory and warning sign retroflectivity standards established by the Federal Highway Administration.

Supervisor Jack Rutkowski, the board's chairman, said the resolution is required to meet new federal regulations which require signs to reflect a certain amount of light from vehicle headlights so they can be more easily seen.

Supervisor Frank Puskar said that, even though the township was alerted to the new regulations just two weeks ago through a letter, they were already partially in compliance and it mainly related to the older signs in the municipality.

“We've been doing it for a while now. For all of the new signs, we have met the new regulations,” Supervisor Duane Hutter said.

Rutkowski said the board is unsure of the cost as of yet to meet the regulations, but that supervisors do not expect it to be significant.

“It's only for the major signs like stop signs and speed limit signs,” he said. “Instead of purchasing entire new signs, we can just purchase new facings for them.”

During last month's meeting, Rutkowski reported a problem with trash and junk on several properties in the municipality, and he appealed to residents to clean up their properties.

“I want to thank everybody who cleaned up their yards, and there were a lot of people that did,” he said. “Unfortunately there was one resident who did not comply that we will be taking to the magistrate on June 30.”

Rutkowski declined to identify the resident that did not comply. Supervisors also announced that crews will begin working on summer road projects in mid-July, and that they will cover all of the areas affected by the newly installed sewage lines.

“We are asking anyone who parks on the street in those areas to keep their cars off of the roads,” Rutkowski said. He said the work is scheduled to begin July 14 and continue through at least the first week of August.

The board also granted final conditional approval to the daily subdivision located along State Route 2021 also known as Brinkerton Road.

The next recycling date for the township is July 10.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.