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Traffic patterns concern Baldwin Borough residents

| Friday, July 2, 2010

Residents of the streets surrounding the Leland Point apartments in Baldwin Borough said Thursday evening they are concerned a new traffic pattern for the complex may create a problem in their neighborhoods.

"They're saying it doesn't affect us as homeowners on Holdsworth (Drive), but I think it will, said resident Natalie Rossa. "I think people will cut through; I think (traffic) will increase."

Baldwin police told about 35 people at a meeting that they believe making sections of Keeport and Macassar drives one way and installing security cameras at the complex's three main entrances will decrease crime.

"This was actually a traffic pattern that was devised so we could slow traffic down, get it one way in and one way out basically so we could use the camera technology," said police Chief Michael Scott.

The changes are proposed as part of a cleanup started after the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office on June 3 charged three Ohio-based companies that own the complex with creating a public nuisance.

"We're not, with some of these cameras, making them concealed. We want people to know they are there," Scott said.

The cameras will capture digital footage of license plates and vehicle makes, models and colors that can be replayed during investigations, said John Hudson, a consultant for the District Attorney's Office and director of technical security at Downtown-based RedFive Security.

Borough Council will vote on the traffic pattern changes and security cameras at its meeting July 20, Scott said.

"If they do everything that they said they'll do, it'll be good," said Chuck Langham of Lancaster, whose 80-year-old mother lives in Leland Point. "A lot of people drive the wrong way and are not paying attention. A lot of people almost get hit."

If council approves and funds the plan, cameras can be installed in about four days, said Jason Miller, president of Surveillance Group, a Bradford Woods-based company hired to install the cameras.

The public nuisance case is due in court July 13.

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