Knox adds one-way sign to Beaver Street

By Brett Kriebel

CLARION NEWS Writer

KNOX

A handful of residents attended Knox Borough council's Aug. 3 meeting, raising concerns regarding two-way traffic on Beaver Street, a one-way road.

The residents said some travelers tend to illegally turn right and enter Beaver Street from South Main Street.

The residents added some drivers have used Beaver Street as a sort of short cut to get to the southern end of Petrolia Street and then to Huston Avenue, where Keystone Elementary School is located.

According to council member Bill Henry, an ordinance put in place in 1985 notes only westbound traffic is permitted on Beaver Street.

In order to legally enter Beaver Street, drivers from the southern end of the borough are meant to continue north up South Main Street and onto Main Street, turn right onto Center Street and then make another right onto Petrolia Street, which eventually intersects with Beaver Street.

One resident explained Beaver Street used to allow two-way traffic before it was paved around the same time the ordinance was instituted.

The resident said after paving had occurred, the south side of the road would have needed to be widened by approximately eight to ten feet in order to allow two-way traffic.

The resident continued, saying a widened road would have interfered with the porches of nearby properties and four electrical poles on the street.

Main water and gas lines prohibited the road from being widened on the opposite side as well.

A few of the residents told the council they have witnessed near misses between cars driving by each other as well as those entering and exiting from both ends of the street.

Two signs indicating the street is for one-way travel only are already posted, as well as a do not enter sign on the backside of a stop sign where Beaver Street meets South Main Street.

After discussion, council decided to place another two-way sign at Petrolia and Beaver Streets in order to curtail eastbound traffic on the road.

In other business:

lDuring the building and maintenance report portion of the meeting, council member Carl Salser told the board he hoped to be able to provide council with cost figures for the replacement of windows in the borough's main office and meeting room and portable air conditioning unit used there by the council's Sept. 16 work session.

lAs part of an effort to upgrade equipment, council approved the purchase of three new tasers for the Knox Borough Police Department. The new tasers will replace the current ones used by police, which are around ten years old.

Including an extended five-year warranty, the cost of the tasers was said to total around $5,500. Roughly $1,500 in Emergency Management funding will be used towards the upgrades, with $4,000 coming out of the borough's police budget.

Two of the three tasers are expected to be in active use, with a third used in a backup capacity.

"I don't have a problem with it," council member Linda Runyan said. "I think the safety of our police department is paramount."

lRunyan told the council August's National Night Out and Horsethief events in the borough went well.

Salser reiterated Runyan's comment, thanking Knox police officers and the borough's maintenance crew for their work in ensuring the festivals would go smoothly.

"It seemed like if a road needed to be blocked, it was blocked," Salser said. "If clean ups needed to be done, they were done. It goes to show that we need the cooperation of everyone in a small town to make things happen. My hat is off to both of your departments."

Council's next monthly meeting is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the borough building meeting room.