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December 09, 2016
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Honesdale events, traffic and lock boxes

Among the council’s other business, two topics generated considerable discussion, the first being the Building and Zoning Committee Report, which included introduction of a new safety procedure known as the Knox Box Ordinance. The draft ordinance will be publicly advertised for one month and voted on at the council’s next monthly meeting. If passed, the ordinance will require all commercial buildings within the borough to install a lock box near the building’s entrance(s), to facilitate fast, easy firefighter access to the building. Honesdale Fire Chief Steve Bates explained that similar ordinances have been adopted by other municipalities, to beneficial effect. He reassured merchants fearful that building security would not be compromised by the lock box system, and that strict security procedures will be observed by firefighters at all times, emphasizing that the chief benefits of the lock box system are faster, safer access for firefighters and less property destruction resulting from forcible entry.

The other hot topic of the evening was the ongoing debate about one-way traffic flow on Church and Main streets. During the public comment portion of the meeting, two people expressed opposition to the one-way flow. In a letter read aloud by Monaghan, the first opponent cited pedestrian safety concerns, claiming that faster thru traffic on both streets endangers pedestrians. Identifying himself as a Main Street merchant, the second opponent cited recently compiled traffic data to support his case that the one-way traffic flow on Main Street discourages drivers from patronizing business establishments on Main Street. Honesdale Mayor Ed Langendoerfer and council members applauded the apparent success of a recent meeting of the Ad-Hoc Committee for One Way Traffic Complaints. Attended by about 30 persons, ample testimony was provided by both proponents and opponents, and the meeting concluded without incident.