He said PennDOT uses 11 “warrants” in considering approval for traffic signals. “Just because a warrant is met does not necessarily mean you have to install a signal,” he explained. At Church and Main, he said only two of the 11 warrants were met.
Council tabled any action on applying to PennDOT for traffic signals. Becker said the issue will remain on the agenda of future meetings and council will discuss it again “regarding what we want to do.”
Until Lumber Street is reconstructed with a sidewalk, Joe Devine of the Devine School told council he will install a temporary pathway for children at his new school to reach school buses along Main Street, because those buses can’t use Lumber Street.
Boehm predicted that road reconstruction project won’t be completed for at least a year.
The proposed pathway will run some 1,200 feet across Devine property from the school to the sidewalk on Main Street.
Devine proposed defining the route with metal rods stuck in the ground and ropes running through them on both sides of the five-foot-wide pathway.
But by a unanimous vote, council members preferred the temporary path simply be designated using a color of gravel or cinders that will distinctly contrast with what is now on the ground on that property.
Devine said that path intentionally will be away from Lumber Street for the safety of children and teachers will escort all children to and from the Main Street bus stop.
Boehm explained children will stay at Devine School both before and after their regular school hours, until working parents can pick them up.
Beginning in September, the school will be open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Boehm said closing on the $1 million loan will be July 9 with QNB Bank.
Also during the meeting, Boehm reminded Macungie residents that they should not put trash out at the curb before 6 p.m. Sundays for weekly pick-up.
“Some people put it out on Saturdays,” said council member Linn Walker.