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Harmar's Jacoby, Rich Hill roads to get three-way stop

| Friday, Aug. 19, 2011

The township may make the intersection of Jacoby and Rich Hill roads a three-way stop for a 30-day trial period as early as today.

During the trial period, officials will conduct a traffic study of the intersection. If the study determines the three-way-stop is working, Harmar officials say they will make the change permanent.

Many of the problems with the intersection, officials said, stem from the current stop sign on Jacoby Road being too far back from the intersection.

Officials initially had suggested moving the stop sign about 100 yards -- to the actual intersection. But officials said Thursday that moving one stop sign may not be enough to make the intersection safer.

"I think a three-way stop would be best," said John Fechke, Harmar police sergeant. "That road is like a launch pad right now."

John Colpo, chairman of Harmar's Planning Commission and Water Authority, said the intersection should always have been a three-way stop. A stop sign before a tunnel on the road it should be after it, he said.

"It should have been a three-way in the beginning," he said. "(The township) is going to get sued."

Supervisors also voiced their concerns.

"I think it's a matter of time before something bad happens," Chairman Michael Hillery said.

Township Engineer Larry Seiler, of Senate Engineering, said he and the police department will perform the traffic study to determine if the change should be permanent.

In other business

• The township hired a crossing guard.

Alice Kruszek will begin Sept. 6 and work two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon along Pearl Avenue. Officials said she would be paid $400 per month. The township splits the cost with the school district. She replaces long-time crossing guard Dorene Mautino, who worked in Harmar for 46 years.

• Laura Conte was appointed as deputy Right to Know Officer and deputy Pension Plan Administrator.

With the appointment, Conte, who also works as the township's office assistant, will be able to serve as a backup for both positions when Harmar's secretary/treasurer, Annette Dietz, is unavailable.

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