Monday, February 11, 2013

Falcon Court: A semi public road in New Tripoli

Lynnwood Documents by

This past snowstorm brought the usual snowplowing of roads that residents expect from the Township and State, unless you happen to be a resident in living along Falcon Street in New Tripoli. Falcon Steet (formerly Falcon Court) runs through a community known as Lynnwood (I and II) completed by developer Mildred Pergosky some decades ago.

Falcon Street is traditionally skipped as a private road due to presumptive deficiencies in it's design or construction. The road was not entered into Penn DOT's liquid fuels program. Lynn Township does not collect fuel tax for it's maintenance and maintenance is not performed, but should it be?

The road lies along a well traveled school bus route, but the road is hard to traverse. Street parking is prohibited, but commercial trucks park regularly at the curb. What's the deal? Residents regularly ask!

Residents complained about the road for some time while the Township's professionals pointed to the road's many deficiencies.

In 2004, the Township's engineer noted the sidewalk that was installed at Madison and Falcon Street . . . is not installed in accordance with the approved plans [and] directed ... the developer not to pour any sidewalk that does not conform to the approved Lynnwood 1 plan.

This came after several complaints from residents . . . concerning storm water runoff from the street onto their lots . . . [An] inspection discovered the curb reveals are not in accordance with the approved plans...

The details on the approved plan shows a curb reveal at the driveway of an inch and the standard sections [are] (sic) 6 inches. . . Pergosky was notified of this problem from our [Keystone Engineering] office on January 9, 2001.

The Township's engineer iterated the problems earlier in 2003. He suggested three options: The first option is [was] to remove 2 inches of the road surface by milling and re-surfacing the road to provide the proper curb reveal. The second option is [was] not to mill the road but add some inlets to intercept the storm water run off before it flows on to the driveways. The third option is [was] to do both milling and adding some inlets. Officials endorsed the third.

Pictures from a resident suggest the problem still exists. No options are put forth now. Residents complain, they are stuck in the middle!

Residents are expected to appear at the Township's regular meeting this upcoming Thursday, but this is not the first time they petitioned the Township for help.

Resident Frank Caruso, noted the Township claims the builder did not follow specifications. The builder claims the Township was not clear in its direction and has made every effort to fix the problems. In either case, after fifteen years, nothing has been done. Maybe this time something will be done. I expect it will.

Contrary to the former intimations of Township officials, I question whether the road is private. It may very well be public.

On January 27, 2000, then Supervisor Donald Chirst accepted the road for public dedication. He endorsed the plan note pictured above, but since then, the Township has not collected liquid fuels nor performed maintenance. Instead, they battled with letters.

Meanwhile the road deteriorated. The storm water grates since sunk into the street. Weeds grew along the curb. The road clearly has issues! I wouldn't take it, if I had a choice, but that may not be an option for the Township.

While the Township's minutes do not show that Christ acted with Board authority, the road may very be public and the Township might be compelled to maintain it. While Christ's endorsement is not presumptive, records from back then are known to be incomplete, which begs for better oversight on all counts, be they taxpayers or residents.

What a mess, which is my point exactly!

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