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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, May 27, 1987 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 5/31/17

Middletown tables plan to renovate town square

For the second time in two years, Middletown has tabled consideration of a state initiative aimed at improving traffic safety at the square.

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, May 27, 1987 edition of the Press & Journal

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Middletown tables plan to renovate town square

For the second time in two years, Middletown has tabled consideration of a state initiative aimed at improving traffic safety at the square.

If the proposal dies, the borough will lose over $215,000 in federal funds that would pay for signal improvements at the four intersections along Route 230 (Main Street) within town limits.

The borough’s public works committee took the action at its meeting last Monday in an apparent reaction to complaints from a group of 16 residents who live or own businesses around the square.

The group had expressed its opposition at a public forum conducted recently by representatives of the Tri-County Planning Commission and PennDOT.

During the presentation, Dave Royer, Tri-County spokesman, discussed the regional importance of Route 230 and explained that the project was part of a plan to improve the road from Steelton to Middletown.

“We don’t have a lot of flexibility in what we can do (at the square),” Royer said. He explained that to receive federal funding, the project must bring the intersection into conformity with modern traffic safety standards.

The turning radius of the intersection must be increased, eliminating the “pork chop” planters; on-street diagonal parking, as now exists in quadrants, must be eliminated; left turn lanes must be installed because of the volume of traffic; and overhead lights must replace the pole-mounted signals currently in use.

These changes are needed both to improve safety and to fulfill legal requirements, Royer said, and their implementation would mean the loss of some parking.

None of the changes are “negotiable,” because none of the existing conditions are legal under today’s highway laws.

Scrap company told to comply or close down

Earl and Dave’s Scrap Company of Route 441, Royalton, is currently facing a threat to discontinue its operating license.

For the past four months, the scrap company has allegedly been trying to comply with the borough's ordinance that requires scrap piles to be no higher than 7 feet and the general appearance of the area to be presentable.

The company currently has 100 feet of fence that is in disrepair and the scrap piles within the yard exceed the maximum requirement, according to Bonnie Young, borough secretary.

At the regular meeting of Council on May 5, Earl Rostolsky of Earl and Dave's Scrap Company requested an additional month to finish the project.

Contending that the company had had ample time to comply with the borough ordinance, Councilman Fred Reigle recommended revocation of the company's operating license. However, remaining council members agreed that the company should be granted an additional extension of 27 days to comply with the requirements of the ordinance. Council also stressed that should the company fail to do so, its license may not be renewed.

Lady Raiders proceed to second round of PIAA District III playoffs

The Blue Raiders girls advanced to the second round of the PIAA District III softball playoffs with a 10-0 victory over Waynesboro on Friday night in Enola.

Jody Kohler collected two doubles, a single and a walk and scored twice; Chris Hahn recorded three RBIs to lead Middletown’s 13-hit attack. Pitcher Leigh Hurst worked six innings for the win, giving up just four singles and five walks in her six-strikeout shutout.

Kelly White, Jodi Pristello, Sally Snavely, Lisa Ruvolo, Jody La Chapelle and Hurst also collected hits as Missy Keane recorded a pair of late-inning sacrifice RBIs.

Headlines from the rest of the edition

• Lower Dauphin, Steel-High seniors preparing for their graduation day

• Bodybuilders take center stage in contest at Middletown High School on Saturday

• 13 automobiles ransacked in Lower Swatara Township

• St. Paul’s UM Church sponsoring tech, study weekend May 30-31

• EASD sixth-grade pupils win state math contest

• M-town Dolphins accept new coach for 1987

• School districts combine to educate the retarded

Hot buys

• RCA 40-inch projection color TV with remote control and much more. $1,399. Harris TV & Appliance, 7 S. Union St., Middletown.

• Gold Ram golf balls, $12.50 per pack, Peddlers Fore You, 513 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey.

• La-Z-Boy “Suburban” Reclina-Rocker recliner. This handsome casual offers versatile beauty and soft comfort. $299, Eberly’s Furniture, 1108 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown.

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