Historical designation for Piollet Mansion paves way for renovation
WYSOX TOWNSHIP - The Wysox Township supervisors on Tuesday approved an historical designation for the Piollet Mansion, agreed to write a letter stating that no pedestrian-activated crossing is needed at a planned red light on Route 6, and agreed to go forward with installing security cameras inside and outside the township's municipal building.
In addition, at the beginning of the meeting, the supervisors discussed the potholes at the Bradford Towne Center.
Jon Kulick, chairman of the township supervisors, said he is concerned that a motorcyclist or bicyclist is going get in a serious accident when going over the deep potholes in the shopping plaza.
He said he has been trying to get the problem resolved, but has not yet been able to reach the owners of the shopping plaza.
A local resident, Paul Shapiro, said he recently spoke to the manager of the Tops supermarket about the potholes.
"He believes that Tops will do repaving of the entrance and in front of the store, and that Kmart is interested in doing repaving (near its store)," Shapiro reported.
Tops is "trying to work something out with the owners" as far as a payment for the repaving, such as a reduction in Tops' rent.
Kulick said he had spoken to a paving company that said it was planning to submit a bid to do pothole repairs in the shopping plaza, but that the work would not be done until much later this year.
The supervisors agreed to a request made by Dandy Mini Marts Inc. to designate the Piollet Mansion as a landmark, which will assist Dandy Mini Marts Inc. in renovating the building, which is located at the intersection of Route 6 and state Route 187.
In making the designation, the supervisors agreed that the building has a unique architectural value and that it is significant to the township's history.
The designation means that Dandy Mini Marts will be able to go forward with the renovation of the 140-year-old building using a different set of building regulations, township Solicitor Jonathan Foster said.
"We'll use a different set of guidelines (in the building code) so that the building can be renovated to preserve the historical value of the building," said Jim Barnes, general manager of Williams Oil & Propane.
The renovations will include a new entrance to the building, a separate addition onto the building, the installation of a cupola on the building, repairs to the building's roof to weatherproof it, and repairs to the interior so that customers on the first floor will be able to look up and see all the way up to the cupola above them, Barnes said.
The supervisors agreed to a developer's request that they write a letter stating that pedestrian-activated pedestrian crossing signals are not necessary at the planned red light at the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and CraftMaster Road.
Local businessman Victor Franklin spoke out against the crossing signals because he said that adding three to four minutes' wait for pedestrians to cross at the intersection would significantly add to the traffic congestion on Route 6.
The supervisors said they would still be able to add the pedestrian crossing signals at some point in the future, if they wished to pursue it at a later time.
A traffic signal will be installed at the intersection, which is where a new Sheetz convenience store will be located, township Secretary/Treasurer Kurt Lafy said after the meeting.
The supervisors are in discussion with Teledair to install security cameras in and around the township's municipal building.
The supervisors said they wanted one of the cameras in the building's office, where files are located, and several cameras installed outside the building, to prevent thefts.
The township will now negotiate the price of the cameras with Teledair.
The township would be able to install a monitor in the township office for the cameras.
The supervisors also discussed plans to resume street sweeping along the Golden Mile.
The last time the road was swept was last summer. Kulick said the road should be swept at least once every two months, and more often if needed. In the past, the road was swept only once a year.
The supervisors also heard a presentation from Ron Slingerland of the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority on instituting a recycling program in the township.
Townships in the area have recycling once a month, and NTSWA would be able to provide large containers for the recycling.
NTSWA would be able to schedule the recycling operation on the fourth Saturday of the month, Slingerland said.
The township would be paid one cent per pound for the recyclables, except for aluminum, whose payment rate would fluctuate, he said.
The township could also make an arrangement to have another organization, of its choosing, receive the payment.
No decision was made Tuesday on setting up the recycling program.
James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org