Ellwood City Council approved the motion on Monday to advertise the change which would make 13th Street from Lawrence Avenue to Center Avenue (southbound) a one-way street, but not all council members were on board.
“I grew up on this street and my mother still lives on this street, and I think it’s a bad idea making it one-way,” said Council member Marilyn Mancini. “In the wintertime, especially, it’s going to be rough on drivers.”
According to Mayor Anthony Court, both he and the police chief, Mark Romutis, surveyed the area and determined that making the street one-way is the best option.
Yet, Mancini said she wanted council to use the services of a state agency that specializes in surveying roadways to determine the best solution. She noted that they’ve been used in the past for other changes to streets, so why not use them now.
However, council member George Celli said that they need to trust the advice of the Mayor and Chief on this decision.
“This is why we’re paying the chief and the police,” said Celli. “I think we need to follow their suggestions.”
Parades & Trick or Treat
The council approved the dates and times of the annual Halloween and Christmas parades in Ellwood City.
The Ellwood City Parade Committee will hold the Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 27 beginning at 3:30 p.m.; they will hold the Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1 also beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Also, Ellwood City Borough’s Trick or Treat night will be Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m.
Mayor Court told council that the police are continuing to crack down on speeders through the borough. He said Second Street was the target on their most recent speed trap.
According to Court, Ellwood Police issued 36 speeding citations in a 4-hour period. He also said that they’ll continue to have speed traps at areas like Woodside Avenue, and any other roadways where drivers continue to speed.
Court also said that the final Clean-up day will be October 6 at 9 a.m. They’ve done seven thus far, and he’s happy about the way they have gone.
Council approved the purchase and installation of a new Avaya IP Office Solution Phone System at the Ellwood City Fire Department at the cost of $6,377.44.
They also approved the proposal by Sitler & Lemmon to replace the air conditioning unit in the auditorium in the Municipal Building at a cost of $12,200.