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Citations given for passing through road barriers

By Staff | Aug 22, 2018

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Last week many residents in Muncy were still pumping water out from their homes as seen in the front of this Water Street property.

MUNCY – “You’re going to get cited.”

That was the warning given by Muncy Borough Council to any driver who tries to go around, through or past barriers marking roadways closed due to flooding.

Following the past week of flooding, the borough police department and borough officials expressed frustration with motorists who insist that they need to get to work or have an appointment they can’t miss and insist that they need to disregard the road-closed signs.

“It’s closed, and it doesn’t apply to me,” said Ed Feigles, council president, of the apparent mindset of those motorists who actually tried to push past the signs and a police cruiser with flashing lights, blocking their way during the recent flooding.

One of the problems, council noted, is when the water begins to recede, people feel it’s okay to ignore the signs. But until the state Department of Transportation inspects the bridges to make sure they are not compromised, the road cannot be re-opened.

“Someday there will be a bridge that is physically compromised and something will happen,” Feigles warned.

In other business, council approved the Muncy School District Storm Water Management Agreement which will allow the borough to inspect the district’s storm water system following the district’s proposed construction because its system connects with the borough’s.

Council also approved the appointment of Nella Storm as a member of the borough’s Shade Tree Commission and accepted the resignation of Karen Richards from the Planning Commission.

Besides Feigles, councilmen attending the meeting were Richard Baker, Elaine McAleer, Linda Stein, Richard Umpstead Jr. and William Burns. Absent was Dana Bertin.

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at borough hall, 14 N. Washington St.