Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, 9:03 p.m.
Lance: To the Springdale Township commissioners. The commissioners must have been too busy with their Christmas shopping and merrymaking to see if the township's equipment was in proper working order before Wednesday's big snowstorm. They haven't replaced their lone roadworker/equipment maintenance person, then discovered their large dump truck — you know, the one used for plowing and salting — was out of order as the flakes were falling. No employees plus inoperable equipment equals failed management.
Laurel: To the Westmoreland County commissioners. The commissioners changed the county's fee structure for its Bureau of Weights and Measurements from a flat fee to one based on the number of devices inspectors actually check for accuracy. That was long overdue.
Lance: To the “new” Megan's Law. This law, placing greater requirements on the state police for the registration of sex offenders, is a fine example of a “feel good” statute. It sounds great, but in reality doesn't protect our children. It greatly increases the state's cost to oversee offenders. It passed for one reason: Legislators feared opposing it would open them to accusations they're pro-child molesters.
On the “Watch List”: The state Legislature. Companies that put large, heavy trucks on local roads have long been required to post bonds to pay for whatever damage their vehicles do. Unfortunately, the bond amount — $12,500 per mile — covers only about 10 percent of the cost of repaving. The Legislature last increased the amount in 1978 and has repeatedly declined to increase it over the years. It's way past time for the state to help local municipalities on this issue.
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