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Palmer Twp. OKs restrictions on truck loitering

Board to reorganize Jan. 2

PALMER TWP., Pa. - Palmer Township supervisors on Tuesday approved placing new restrictions on truck loitering.

The restrictions will prohibit tractor trailers from parking on Van Buren Road north from the intersection with Route 248 to Newlins Mill Road. Tuesday night's vote will specifically give permission to erect signs along the route noting the prohibition and provide the township's police department with the ability to enforce the measure. 

The vote was 4-0, with Supervisor Jeffrey Young absent.

"They (trucks) shouldn't be there in the first place," board President Dave Colver said.

The township has seen commercial trucking activity increase in recent years, prompting concerns from some residents about safety and excessive noise.

In September, supervisors approved a conditional use application from Werner Enterprises of Omaha, Neb., for a trucking terminal in an industrial zone. The 67,000-square foot, two-story terminal will be located at 1470 Tatamy Road at the junction with Newlins Mill Road.

It was announced that month that XPO Logistics would be the latest Chrin Commerce Center tenant, occupying a 600,000-square foot warehouse that was completed in July. A total of eight warehouses have been completed or are in the works in the Commerce Center.

Tuesday night's decision was made on the basis of recommendations offered by the township's traffic safety committee. Colver said the signs should be erected within 10 days. 

In another matter, supervisors approved a supplemental winter traffic services agreement with PennDOT for a small portion of Van Buren Road.

At the meeting's conclusion, Colver indicated the board's reorganization meeting will take place 7 p.m. Jan. 2.

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