Bruce Evans of Martin Street Extension expressed his concern over traffic on his roadway. He stated there is excessive speed and excessive noise on Martin Street Extension. He stated that last year, Police Chief Jeffrey Fink stopped someone going 60 miles-an-hour on Martin Street Extension. Evans said that trucks carrying scrap to Novey’s sometimes have items fall out onto the roadway. He said that while the occupants collect the items, it causes a traffic hazard.
“The traffic is horrible, I admit,” said Supervisor Chairman Glenn Johnston. He stated it was a state road and not built for speed. He told Evans they can request a speed check and extra patrols of the area from the police department.
Sara Harper was on hand to express her concern over four wheelers operating on roadways in Hillsdale.
“It’s just out of control,” she said. She told the supervisors that four wheelers operate between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., often speeding on public roadways. She said in some instances, children have almost been hit by the ATV’s.
“It’s an unlicensed vehicle,” Johnston told Harper. “There are state laws that apply. If police can catch them, they can fine them.”
Harper stated that was part of the problem: the police haven’t been able to catch the four wheelers.
Supervisor Ed Brown asked if the operators of the ATV’s wore helmets. Harper indicated they do not.
“They’re identifiable,” said Brown. He also indicated the noise could be covered under the public nuisance ordinance.
Johnston told Harper they would request extra patrols in the area from the police department.
Supervisor Bill Lawhead stated that on the topic of four wheelers, people with four wheelers had “ransacked” the bridge over Lick Run. He said that signs were also removed from the bridge. Adding to that, Johnston said that someone on a four wheeler dug ruts into Pifer Road. He also added that someone had removed a historical marker near along Goshen Road.
“I think our community is better than that,” said Johnston. He stated the repair project to Pifer Road was costly, even with donations. He stated he was personally going to offer $100 to anyone who provided information that leads to the arrest/prosecution of people defiling public property in the township.