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Palmer Twp. applies for Marcellus funds to improve bike trails

Supervisors hear complaints about flooding and signs

PALMER TWP., Pa. - Palmer Township supervisors voted Monday to apply for a $120,000 grant to upgrade and repair 12 miles of bike trails and 20 bike trail intersection crossings in the township.

During the brief meeting the supervisors also listened to complaints about flood problems from residents of South Watson Street.

Several residents said water flowed like a river down their street, flooding garages and turning driveways into mud slides.

Chairman David Colver said he doubted there was a "single bullet" solution to the problem, saying "it's a combination of things."

"It happens all over when these massive storms hit," Colver said.

The flooding problems will be discussed at the board's next meeting on July 29, he said.

The money for the bike trail improvements will come from the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which was established in 2012 for the planning, purchase and development of greenways, recreational trails, open space and parks, among other things.

The township intends to use the money for bollards with gates, signs and trail remediation with Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility improvements.

The supervisors also heard a request from Fabey Dental on Route 248 for permission to have a larger sign or the ability to place advertising banners for more weeks than the currently permitted four weeks a year.

Colver said the township has imposed limits on signs and banners for a simple reason: fear of turning its major highways into what he called "the mess" that is MacArthur Road, the main road leading to Allentown.

He said the issue will be discussed at the next meeting.

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