East Pointe Drive in Curmru

A Google Street View image shows East Pointe Drive in Cumru Township.

CUMRU TWP., Pa. — The parking dilemma on East Pointe Drive in Cumru Township again challenged the commissioners at their voting meeting Tuesday night.

At issue is whether the township will allow on-street parking in the industrial park and where it will be.

New Castle Lawn and Landscape has outgrown the limitations of the parking lot at its property at 3 East Pointe Drive, said co-owner Brad Stephenson.

During the company's busy seasons in spring, summer and fall, seasonal employees are forced to park on the narrow, 31-foot-wide street. As an industrial park roadway, however, no parking is allowed.

"The company will be forced to move if there is no on-street parking for our employees," Stephenson said of New Castle.

On the other hand, The Water Guy, also located in the industrial park, has large trucks moving in and out of the property throughout the day, said owner Doug Shinn. He explained that trucks have trouble entering and leaving the parking lot when cars are parked on the street near the driveways.

Shinn commissioned McCarthy Engineering to study the issue as it relates to his business, which manufactures bottled spring, distilled and purified water.

In an email to the township, Jim McCarthy stated that there is an area on the east side of the street where it would be marginally possible to have a potential 225 feet of on-street parking for approximately 11 passenger cars.

However, McCarthy stated: "In summation, we feel that, due to the roadway geometry and existing driveways, that the addition of on-street parking would create additional vehicle conflicts and increase the potential for vehicular and pedestrian accidents."

"I'd really like to find a compromise here," said Commission President William Miller.

Business owners were amenable to that approach. Miller instructed Joe Rogosky, the township's engineer, to work with McCarthy to find a way to pick up 20 parking spaces on the east side of East Pointe Drive and bring their plan to the next commissioners' meeting.

Other highlights

The commissioners gave final approval to Daniel P. Miller and Cindy L. Miller, 2184 Welsh Rd., subject to the execution of a shared driveway easement, to subdivide the property into three residential lots, one with an existing house and two new lots.

A resolution for the distribution of state aid for pensions was adopted. It awards $211,083.43 to the police pension plan and $158,310.33 to the non-uniformed pension plan.

The commissioners authorized the purchase of a sewer right-of-way machine in the amount of $24,064, using the sewer operations equipment capital fund and the transfer of up to $15,000 from other funds.

Also, the board authorized payment of $21,930.00 as an emergency project to Barwis Construction LLC for the repair of right-of-way behind 1228 Cedar Top Rd.

The commissioners voted to opt in to the opioid lawsuit brought by the Pennsylvania and other states' attorneys general against Johnson & Johnson, which has been settled for $26 billion.

Also, the board approved payment of $79,691.22 to AMS Construction for completion of the friction course of the 2021 roadwork project.

In addition, a $2,000 contribution was approved for a joint project with Brecknock Township to study road signs at the intersection of Maple Grove Road and Imperial Drive.

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