Hamlin supervisors to reduce weight limit on bridge

HAZEL HURST – The weight limit on the Kasson Road bridge in Hamlin Township will be lowered from 26 tons to 22 tons.Township Supervisors Don Compton, Guy Raught and Joni Britton discussed the lower weight limit at their board meeting last week. In a letter to the supervisors, Derek Miller said the bridge “is not posted according to the most recent load rating analysis.”“The weight limit for this structure needs to be reduced from 26 tons to 22 tons,” Miller said. He is a bridge inspection manager for engineering firm of C.C. Johnson & Malhorta of Camp Hill. The company handles bridge inspections in McKean County and other areas.Julie Graham, secretary-treasurer for Hamlin Township, said new “decals” have been ordered to list the lower bridge weight limit.In other business at the 100-minute meeting at the township building in Hazel Hurst, the supervisors:*Received a recommendation from a “risk management” agency to install “soft landing material” under all playground equipment at the Hamlin Township Community Park.The agency said that “following recommendations and procedures may reduce potential liability exposures” at the park. This same recommendation was made following a survey in August 2010.The supervisors did not act on the recommendation.It was noted, however, that wood chips are not considered a suitable material to place beneath playground equipment.*Heard State Police Corporal Doug Wolbert ask for public questions about police issues in the township. Wolbert said a “main problem” facing the State Police now deals with the abuse of “bath salts.”*Discussed plans to repair the blinker light at the four-way stop at the intersection of Routes 6 and 219 at Lantz Corners.*Received notice that the McKean County Planning Commission is reviewing a sub-division plan to adjust boundaries for adjacent properties on Turner Road.One property is owned by Donald Coligan. The other is owned by John King, Joshua Hileman, Chris Rutherford, Greg Hileman and Mark Hileman.See full article by purchasing the July 16 edition of The Kane Republican. Hamlin TownshipBoard of SupervisorsWhen: Monday, Aug. 13Time:  7 p.m.Where: Township Building, Hazel Hurst