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Plum to boost radio system

| Monday, July 30, 2007

Plum Borough planning commissioners approved an emergency communications upgrade that includes putting new antennas on four towers.

Greg Bachy, planning director, said the upgrade will improve police radio connections in areas of Plum where officers have a tendency to lose radio contact.

The overall project includes plans to upgrade the volunteer fire department communications as well.

The antennas will go on towers near Oblock Junior High, Logan's Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, on a tower at Longwood at Oakmont and along Commerce Drive.

An additional antenna will be placed on a tower in Burrell, where Bachy will seek approval from municipal planners.

In other action:

  • The commission tabled a site plan for Coxcomb Hill Estates, a 12-unit townhouse development along Coxcomb Hill Road.

    Two buildings are proposed with six townhouses in each building. One building will have a garage, and the other will not.

    Commissioners are concerned that the development's hammerhead shaped vehicle turnaround is not large enough for a full-size firetruck to utilize.

    Developer Matt Smith said the turnaround is large enough for trucks between 40 and 50 feet long to turn around in, but Bachy said it's still not big enough for a firetruck, and that will have to be fixed before the plan is approved.

    Before the plan will be approved, Smith needs to have a soil report and a letter from the water authority indicating there will be enough capacity for the plan.

    Bachy also wants Smith to extend a guide rail around a curve in the road to prevent cars from going off the road and down a hill.

    The handicapped parking space needs to be the closest space next to the building, and Bachy said the space indicated on the plan is actually the farthest.

    Smith, who has been working on the plan for more than a year, asked commissioners to approve the plan while he worked to fix the problems, but the commission was too concerned with some of the safety issues on the site plan.

    While there is potential to expand the development because there is unused property, Smith said there are no plans for future expansion at the site.

  • Commissioners approved a two-lot final subdivision at 3826 Sardis Road.

    The commission tabled another two-lot subdivision at 849 Center Road because the plan needs to be approved by the Plum Zoning Hearing Board first.

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