Adams tables adoption of roads

Officials: There's more work to do

November 6, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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ADAMS TWP — Adams Township supervisors tabled the adoption of three roads Oct. 28 after determining home builders Traditions of America — which bonded them — has more work to do.

“I have no intentions of approving them transferring the roads over to us if it's not done correctly,” said Supervisor Russell Ford.

Township Manager Gary Peaco told the supervisors some “minor questions” remained regarding finalized plans. Specifically, road signs may not meet the minimum required height.

Corresponding sidewalks also may not be wide enough for two wheelchairs to pass in some areas.

Federal Americans with Disabilities Act regulations maintain sidewalks need to be five feet or four feet with designated by-way areas.

“We've complied with all the punch-list items,” said Dan Gramc of GRB Law, who represented Traditions of America at the meeting. “The roads are ready to be accepted.”

Gramc told the supervisors the sidewalks were installed according to the development plan the township approved. According the Gramc, the changes to federal ADA regulations occurred after Traditions of America received township approval.

Peaco said this is one of the problems with ever-changing ADA laws.

“You try to get the best ADA compliance you can at the time of installation,” Peaco said.

“We're hearing some of this for the first time,” Gramc said. “These were new items that came up afterward.”

Gramc said while he wasn't concerned about costs associated with raising some street signs, he believed the sidewalks weren't his concern.

Peaco told Gramc he sent notification about the township's concerns about sidewalk width.

“Well over a week ago, you were copied in an email,” Peaco said.

Gramc seemed not to recall the email.

Gramc told supervisors the plan is technically controlled by the homeowners association.

“We don't even have control of those roads anymore,” Gramc said. “When you sell so many lots, you have to turn it over to the homeowners (association).”

Gramc said he has been trying to work with the township for several weeks in preparation for the township taking back roads.

“I came … to this meeting thinking we had this all worked out,” Gramc said.

He said the township has been giving him “the run- around.”

Township Solicitor Michael Gallagher disputed the claim the fault lies with the township.

“Gary's had a lot of problems working with TOA,” Gallagher said. “There has been a lot of difficulties … throughout this process.”

“I disagree with that very strongly,” Gramc said. “About who is having a difficult time dealing with whom.”

Unable to arrive at an understanding, the adoption of Resolution Drive, Patriots Way and Hutchman Road right of way were tabled until November.

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