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Long-range forecast: Winter restrictions could be in store for some Salisbury Twp. streets

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jan 24 2013 11:09:54 PM CST
SALISBURY TWP., Pa. -

Winter parking restrictions could be in the long-range forecast for people living along 14 streets in the eastern part of Salisbury Township.

Police Chief Allen Stiles presented a list of suggested no parking zones and changes to the snow emergency ordinance to the commissioners at a workshop meeting Thursday night. The chief said the list is "just a start," and that he didn't expect any of the proposed changes to take effect this winter season.

Township manager Randy Soriano declined to make the list available to reporters after the meeting, saying he and the commissioners wanted to study the suggestions before they were made public. "We just got them tonight," he said.

A public hearing will be held on any proposed restrictions that the commissioners might consider, officials said.

The commissioners are aware that any attempt to limit parking on streets where it already is at a premium will likely generate opposition. Commissioner Robert Martucci Jr. got a laugh from his colleagues when he said, "We should stall this [issue] for two years.
I might not be a commissioner after that."

Stiles said the restrictions are needed because the streets in Salisbury's eastern part are older, smaller and narrower than those in the western part. With cars parked along both sides of the streets, emergency vehicles and snow plows have trouble getting in and out, Stiles said.

Township engineer David Tettemer said the eastern section's roads are
16-to-20 feet wide -- far narrower than the township's current street width requirement of 30 feet.

Stiles admitted, "This [list] is not going to please everybody, [but] it has ideas of what we can do."

In other business, Stiles said Salisbury officers spent six hours last Friday at Salisbury High School with school district administrators and teachers to discuss how to react to intruders and what he called "active shooters," should such situations arise.

Stiles said similar programs will be held at public, private and charter schools throughout the district.

He also said he attended a training session of the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Terrorism Task Force in Snydersville, Monroe Co., last Thursday, noting that additional federal funding is expected for such training. "We've been doing it [the training] for several years, and we're assisting others," Stiles said. "We're a little bit ahead in our reactions [on how to deal with] active shooters."

Soriano and commissioner Debbie Brinton reported that Lehigh County commissioners finally agreed Wednesday night to release $1.06 million in Green Future Fund money for six projects, including $160,419 for phase one of Salisbury's Lindberg Park Connection Trail.

"So it was a happy ending," said Soriano, alluding to the controversy surrounding the Green Future Fund money.

"We will be getting the full amount. Yay!" added Brinton, with just a trace of sarcasm.

The park and trail projects have been in limbo since November because some of the commissioners wanted a similar amount of cuts in county spending before releasing the funds, even though the money was approved as part of the 2012 budget.

Salisbury will get the county money over a two-year period and us it to apply for state matching funds to pay for the Lindberg Park project, which has a $341,000 price tag, Soriano said.

The project will likely be started in 2014 and finished by the end of the year, he noted.

The commissioners were told by Soriano that they will have to adopt a new ordinance before the May primary making the office of tax collector an elected position and the office of treasurer an appointed position in order to comply with changes to the First Class Township Code.

Currently, the treasurer is an elected position and the tax collector is appointed. Linda Minger now holds both positions in Salisbury.

Soriano recommended that the commissioners keep the elected office's salary at $10,000.