FORKS TWP., Pa. – The Forks Township supervisors considered accepting a grant for traffic light enforcement on Sullivan Trail.
During a work session Thursday night, the board considered a resolution for an Automated Red Light Enforcement Transportation Enhancement Grant (ARLE) in the amount of $411,798. The grant would go towards the Sullivan Trail sidewalk and streetscape program. The grant would fund an ARLE system, which is installed above a traffic light at a location where red light running is an issue. Violators who are caught on camera would have a citation sent to them in the mail, according to the Department of Transportation.
Township Manager John Cornell said the grant is one of several that will go towards making Sullivan Trail a more pedestrian friendly area by adding sidewalks, crosswalks and improvements to traffic lights.
In other business, the board discussed filling a vacancy after Brian Frey announced his resignation back in October.
Chairman John O’Neil nominated newly-elected Supervisor Kelly Keegan to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the year. Keegan was elected to a six-year term during Tuesday’s election. The board unanimously accepted the nomination. Keegan will be sworn in at the next meeting.
O’Neil said Keegan will have to be sworn in again in January to begin her six-year term.
“It’s a large learning curve. It’s massive,” Supervisor Erik Chuss said. “The sooner the better.”
The board discussed the possibility of establishing electric vehicle charging stations.
Cornell said it's a frequent question in emails to the township. Cornell said that the idea is very new, with much more discussion about locations and costs needed between the board.