Perryopolis resident requests street light in front of his house
Former Perryopolis Councilman Christopher Massey said the lack of a street light in front of his Polander Lane home has caused a serious safety issue for him and his family.
Massey attended this week's meeting to ask council to honor its commitment to install a street light in front of his house.
“It's black in front of my house,” Massey told council members. “My house was almost broken in, and my family is scared to death. The borough promised us last year that West Penn Power Co. would install a street light in front of our house, but it never happened.”
Although street lights exist on part of Polander Lane, Massey said council never finished the project.
Massey said council members told him it would cost an estimated $1,800 for West Penn Power to dig a trench and install conduit needed to erect the street light.
Massey said his house was the first one constructed in the new development, but council has not taken steps to install a street light.
“Do you know what it's like to have someone trying to break into your house and hear your kids screaming?” Massey said. “This is about the safety of my family and the amount of money we pay in taxes to this borough every year. I'm not trying to pick a fight, but I want what was promised to me.”
After Massey left the meeting, council agreed to contact West Penn to receive an estimate on how much it would cost to install the street light.
“We can definitely check into it,” Councilman Paul Black said. “If it's too much money and we can't afford to pay for this year, we can try to get it done next year.”
In other business, council:
• Agreed to hire Candis Emerick as a part-time police officer at a starting salary of $11 an hour with a six-month probationary period.
• Decided to assess fees for commercial construction permits in the borough at a cost of approximately $2,500 for a $100,000 project.
• Agreed to replace 56 faded street signs at a total cost of about $1,680.
• Authorized police Chief Roger Beadling to apply for a grant for a new police car through the USDA Rural Development. If the grant is awarded, council could receive 35 percent of the cost of the police car. The borough would then have to come up with the remaining 65 percent.
• Received a letter from PennDOT, notifying the borough the traffic impact study has been approved for construction of a Speedway gas station and convenience store along Route 51.
• Announced the Easter Bunny will be handing out treats from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the borough.
Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.
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