Damascus: ‘Can you pave the road?’

By Z. A. KOHLOA
Posted 3/25/20

DAMASCUS TWP, PA — Toward the end of the March 16 Damascus Board of Supervisors meeting, a lengthy conversation took place between a member of the community, Tony Ricci, and operational …

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Damascus: ‘Can you pave the road?’

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DAMASCUS TWP,  PA — Toward the end of the March 16 Damascus Board of Supervisors meeting, a lengthy conversation took place between a member of the community, Tony Ricci, and operational supervisor Steven Adams. Ricci wanted to know if there was any chance there would be some work done on his road, Shady Lane, before the spring, such as having the road paved. Adams adamantly stated that the road was not going to get paved. He said the township didn’t have the funds.

Ricci reiterated that the condition of Shady Lane is horrible. Adams replied that they would “go in and take the grater, cut the ditches and get the drainage fixed.”

“One of the neighbors on the road did that already. They cleaned out all the ditches about two or three weeks ago.”

This led to some back and forth, during which Ricci maintained that the Shady Lane’s condition was so poor that he drives no faster than five miles per hour on it and that repaving is necessary. Adams said that other roads in the township were in equally poor or worse condition. “It’s just going to take some time,” he said.

Ricci also complained that the township had not cleaned up the road after clearing branches there. Adams said PennDOT doesn’t go back and pickup sticks after those kinds of projects either and added that if property owners kept their sides of the roads clear, the township wouldn’t need to spend money cutting branches and could instead put that money toward fixing the roads.

The chairman of the board Joseph Canfield reassured Ricci that they would take a look at his road again.

Ricci thanked them, “Whatever you can do I will be happy with.”

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