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Discussions continue on Schuylkill Haven street issues

A partial rectification to an ongoing complaint from residents in the area of Becker Street was discussed at the Sept. 7 Schuylkill Haven Borough Council meeting.

At a mid-August council meeting, several residents expressed their distress with traffic flow and parking along Becker Street.

The concern was an echo of sorts of the July 20 borough council meeting when resident Daniel Long, who lives near the corner of Becker and Haven streets, asked if Becker could be made one-way because of how tight it is and problems with blind spots at with Margaretta Street. Long said he often worried about playing children being hit. He entertained the idea of making Margaretta one-way, as well.

Resident Frank Noecker spoke at the August meeting to reiterate and expand on those concerns. He said he is tired of being told by police that residents in the area cannot park near or even on their own driveways. Those who do could be ticketed.

“We are told if Becker Street is two-way, our property must be available for public traffic,” Noecker complained, repeating Long’s suggestion that the road be one-way.

Borough Solicitor Mark Semanchik had pledged to look into the issue and get back to everyone with a report at the Sept. 7 meeting.

Borough administrator Jessica Seiders reported that Semanchik researched the history of Becker Street as far back as 1875 and confirmed that it is indeed a very narrow street, almost an alley given its width. No recommendations were made, however, and council did not take any action on anything, including considering making the road one-way.

When responding to property owners’ concerns about Becker Street, Seiders reported that Semanchik said that Main Street residents can continue to park their vehicles on their property, including the driveway/aprons adjacent to Becker Street.

In other business, council reported that borough auditors Jones & Company provided the 2021 audit report and said that with the conclusion of the audit, the borough is in financial good shape.

Council approved wastewater treatment plant project invoices to LB Industries for $136,368 and to G.R. Noto Electrical for $44,910 were approved.

Source: Berkshire mont

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