YEAGERTOWN - The Derry Township Board of Supervisors made a motion in favor of intent to change addresses in Yeagertown at its meeting Monday night.
Laura Simonetti, manager of Mifflin County Addressing, presented the board with an issue pertaining to 911 addressing in the Yeagertown and Highland Park areas. Recently, there have been 911 dispatching problems, as several of the streets in both areas share a name. She offered the board different options, including changing the street names or changing the range of the house numbers.
She discussed the fact that changing the range might be the best solution, and by adding "1,000" to current house numbers - meaning an address of 1 Main St. would become 1001 Main St. - it will make homes in more easily distinguishable to dispatching services. It was proposed to change addresses in Yeagertown, since only 18 houses would be affected, as opposed to 24 in Highland Park.
Simonetti emphasized the importance of action on the part of the customers after the change has been made. Once the house numbers are changed, the customers must call the phone company and inform them of the change, so that the 911 dispatch system can be updated.
The board voted in favor to change the range of house numbers, and a public hearing will be held to inform anyone who wishes to learn more. The customers affected will be informed specifically.
Also brought to the attention of the board was a persistent speeding problem in the Sand Rock Road area of Lewistown. Todd Powell spoke on behalf of several concerned residents, stating that speeding has been an issue for quite some time. With several young children living in the area, the problem has become something that needed to be addressed immediately.
Powell stated that cars often drive anywhere from 45 to 50 miles per hour in the area, though the speed is currently posted as 25, and that cars have even been known to drag race on the road. While he has done everything he can to personally take care of the issue, he looked to the board, citing the need for a change for the safety of those living on Sand Rock Road. Several different options were discussed, but it was ultimately decided that the issue was something to be looked into, with a traffic study resulting in a speed limit change possible. In the mean time, the area will be patrolled and the speed limit will be strictly enforced.
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month.