Harmony to buy flashing lights for crossing

October 9, 2019 Cranberry Local News


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HARMONY — Pedestrians crossing Route 68 soon may have flashing lights to alert oncoming drivers to the crosswalk.

Borough Council on Oct. 1 approved the purchase of up to $4,000 for LEDs, poles and signs that will ensure oncoming motorists are aware of the crosswalk at the junction of Pittsburgh Street and Route 68.

Because the poles will abut a state road, Frank Gannon, director of operations, they will need permission from PennDOT before they can be erected.

Originally, council members inquired about putting lights at that crosswalk that would activate when a pedestrian pushes a button, but Gannon said he had asked about the price of that and was told it would be approximately $20,000.

Managing stormwater

Mayor Cathy Rape's wish that surrounding communities come together to help prevent future flooding is one step closer to fruition.

Zelienople, Harmony and Jackson Township met Thursday in a nonpublic meeting to discuss what they can do together and what changes they wish to see in southern Butler County to stem water damage resulting from development.

With the information the three municipalities shared and the decisions they reached at Thursday's meeting, they will attend a meeting Wednesday in Butler Township with municipalities throughout the Connoquenessing watershed.

“(The first meeting is) so that we can get our ducks in line, we can speak jointly together,” Council President Greg Such said.

Redevelopment

Between the two stormwater management meetings, the Downtown Redevelopment Services was slated to present its preliminary findings from a Sept. 19 meeting on how to appropriate grant money received by the borough.

Harmony and Zelienople were jointly awarded a $500,000 grant, with the former taking a third — approximately $167,000 — via the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

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