WILKES-BARRE TWP. – After hearing complaints from residents, the township council agreed to look into the possibility of making Nicholson Street a one-way.
Several residents explained that the narrowness of the street and the width of most modern vehicles meant that it was impossible for two vehicles moving in opposite directions to use the street at the same time cars are parked on either side.
Resident Lorraine Taylor said the street, where it meets Route 309, is only 28 feet wide, and when cars park on the road rather than on the footpath they are constantly being hit. Some of the vehicles have been so badly damaged they have had to be written off, she said.
Residents have been issued warnings for parking on the footpaths, she said.
Township police officers will conduct a study in the coming week and make a report at the Aug. 3 meeting as to whether making the street one way from Route 309 in the direction of Hazle Street would be feasible.
Among other issues to be dealt with would be the need to reorient school bus pickup patterns, council noted, with the school year beginning in some cases before the end of August.
In other business, Mayor Carl Kuren invited residents to come to an open house at the township settlement camp in Bear Creek on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
The event will give residents an opportunity to see the work that has taken place in the camp during the last few years, Kuren said.
Volunteer workers have replaced the roofs and windows and repaired the porches of the cabins, as well as erected a new pavilion. Donations have included 230 tons of stone for the roadway and a new $4,800 stove from the township’s volunteer fire company, Kuren said.
The camp had obtained 10 new boats, and a floating dock had been created, he said. In addition, the township had been awarded a $12,000 grant to go toward the upgrading of the bathhouse, he noted.
Residents can contact the township for more details and transportation to the event if necessary.