Ligonier's Diamond losing some luster
By Jewels Phraner
Published: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Ligonier Borough Council members will research how to prevent damage to the Diamond from errant motorists.
The issue was brought up at Thursday's meeting, when Councilman Jim McDonnell said it's “high time the borough take some proactive steps.”
Vehicles often run over the curb around the Diamond, damaging the concrete curbs and brick work and putting deep ruts in the grassy areas on the four quadrants, especially near Town Hall and Heritage United Methodist Church, McDonnell said.
One rut, he said, is at least 8 feet into the Diamond from the street. He suggested placing boulders strategically in the grassy areas to discourage motorists from jumping the curb.
“I brought this up before, and it sort of got pooh-poohed before, but I'm going to bring it up again, and I'm going to keep bringing it up,” McDonnell said. “If you look at State College, they have tastefully placed boulders — or large rocks — in strategical locations. It's very tasteful. I don't see why we can't do that on those areas of the Diamond. It's long overdue that we do something serious and take proactive steps. There's people getting upset about it, and that's back on us.”
The state Department of Transportation approved placing boulders on the Diamond years ago, Councilman Paul Fry said.
President Buddy Helterbran said some years ago, he looked into redesigning the Diamond into an egg shape to avoid further damage, but it was “not inexpensive.”
He said he has researched positioning cameras around the Diamond that could record traffic. Motorists might then be identified and fined.
“That price, I thought, was fairly reasonable,” Helterbran said. “At that point, the Town Hall fund was very low, so it didn't go anywhere.”
Although no action was taken, McDonnell asked council members to think about it.
Council members encouraged Mayor Ormond “Butch” Bellas to begin issuing citations to property and business owners who aren't clearing their sidewalks of snow.
A borough ordinance requires business owners to clear their walks within 12 hours of the last snowfall. Homeowners have 24 hours.
Council received a complaint from a retiree who walks often, according to Fry. Bellas said he had received a complaint as well.
Council reappointed Joe Willard, Terry Murphy and Jim McDonnell to the planning commission; George Welty as council solicitor; John Berger as police chief; Paul Fry as fire chief; Chick Cicconi as land use administrator; and Paul Fry as secretary-treasurer and public works director.
Jewels Phraner is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-1218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- North Versailles, Murrysville families still waiting for report on 2011 chopper crash that killed couple
- ‘We Are FR’ fund going strong
- Blaze damages Derry Twp. garage, apartment
- Scottdale to reconsider use of complaint forms
- Police say Latrobe woman bought gun for boyfriend, who shot neighbor
- Jailed Hribal ‘fine,’ but family ‘terrible’ as answers in stabbing sought
- Police see no sign Franklin Regional stabbing suspect was bullied
- Murrysville woman sues Giant Eagle over burns
- Retired postal worker picks $1M winner
- Bridge work a priority for PennDOT in Westmoreland
- Graziani hired away from Latrobe as Penn Township’s manager