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Athens Township residents voice concerns over speeding on Clinton Street

ATHENS TOWNSHIP — A pair of Clinton Street residents attended Wednesday’s meeting of the Athens Township Supervisors to voice concerns over cars speeding on the road that runs from Elmira Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.

“It’s getting to be summer time, the kids are out of school and there’s more traffic around and we’d like to know when we’re going to see more police presence or any police presence on Clinton Street,” one resident said. “It’s really turning into a race way. The speed limit is 25 and very few people go 25 ... what do we do about the speeding? We need to address the speeding.”

The resident said she would invite Athens Township Police Chief Roger Clink to sit in her driveway to watch the cars speed up and down the road.

“Something has to be done. There’s no reason to put our money up to buy speed limit signs when they’re totally ignored,” the resident stated.

Athens Township Supervisor Chairwoman Kirstie Lake said she would speak with Clink about the issue.

Another issue brought up by residents at Wednesday’s meeting was the deteriorating roads out by Round Top Park.

“The road conditions are very poor ... we need some help up there. We’re dodging potholes, no matter what way (I go) — if I come from Mile Lane or if I come off of Round Top Road it’s bad,” a resident said.

Supervisor Sue Seck said the township is aware of the issue and looking into possible solutions.

“I was actually up there with one of our petroleum companies last week trying to get a game plan together ... we are looking at it, especially that area to try to do something,” Seck told the resident.

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Peter Bertch, dressed in surgeon’s attire, stands next to his display during the Lynch-Bustin Elementary School Career Fair on Wednesday. Bertch was joined by approximately 90 other third-graders for the event, which invited families and friends to see the aspiring doctors, teachers, soldiers, veterinarians, police officers and more. According to teacher Claudia Chacona, the fair capped off the students’ efforts in researching what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Waverly officials looking for Barton to fix section of West Pine Street

WAVERLY — Village trustees are renewing calls for Town of Barton board members to look at what trustees call the “deteriorating and potentially unsafe condition” of a section of West Pine Street.

This week, trustees approved a letter signed by the mayor to be sent to Barton Town Supervisor Leon “Dick” Cary citing the village board’s concern with a portion of the roadway, which belongs to the Town of Barton, located above the upper section of Waverly Glen Park.

“The Village of Waverly remains concerned about the stability and safety of this section of West Pine Street, and requests that the Town of Barton perform a detailed safety and structural assessment of this section of road and provide the results of this assessment to the village,” the letter states. “The village is requesting a response from the town within 30 days of the date of this letter (May 28).”

The letter notes that village officials brought their concerns regarding West Pine Street to the town last year, but “the response at that time was that the town did not have any concerns about the conditions or safety of this portion of the roadway.”

Trustees also noted in the letter that the roadway will likely soon see increased traffic due to the renovations planned for the glen.

“The Village of Waverly is investing approximately $650,000 to refurbish and upgrade the Waverly Glen Park,” the letter said. “In the event of a collapse of this portion of roadway, the potential for damage to the park is high and would place the public at serious risk of harm.”

Attempts to reach Cary for comment were unsuccessful Wednesday.

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Eric Keir was awarded a plaque in recognition for his 30 years of service to the Borough of Sayre. Keir was a patrol officer in the borough for 27 years and has spent that last three years as the borough’s administrative coordinator. Keir is the second-longest current employee of the borough.

Waverly gets final approval for parking under Howard St. overpass

WAVERLY — Waverly Mayor Patrick Ayres announced this week that the village recently obtained the final approval needed from the New York State Department of Transportation to make parking improvements beneath the Howard Street overpass on Broad Street.

Parking has been a routine topic of discussion for the board of trustees for months as members looked for ways to improve parking accommodations for businesses and their customers, as well as community members.

And after mulling areas that included parking space behind the businesses on the south side of Broad Street, the prominent idea always circled back to the overpass.

While parking was always allowed beneath Howard Street, it has not been improved upon or prominently advertised as a parking area.

Subsequently, Ayres proposed that Trustee Charlie Havens work with the street department to look at exactly what improvements should be made to the area to encourage parking.

“Now, we need to make a plan to make it nice over there,” Ayres said. “Maybe adding more lighting, increasing signage — whatever it may be — and coming up with a cost estimate for that.”

In addition to assessing the parking areas in the downtown portion of the village, the municipality is also looking to perform an internal assessment of its own facilities, such as village hall, the Department of Public Works building and other structures.

“We probably have something like $20 million invested into our buildings here, but what do they need, if anything?” Ayres asked.

The mayor explained that the assessment would inspect the physical nature of the village’s facilities to ensure safety and security.

“Do certain buildings need more cameras? Do others need more lights? I honestly don’t know,” he said. “But that’s what I want to find out through these series of assessments.”

Ayres assigned Trustee Steve Burlingame — citing his experience as a Sayre Borough police officer — to work with Waverly Police Chief Dan Gelatt to perform the assessments.

Burlingame said he hoped to have the work completed by the end of June.