Santilli Field in Kane soon will resemble a Major League Baseball park.
The Kane Borough Council agreed Monday to allow the school’s All-Sports Booster Club to sell advertising banners for display on the outfield fence at Santilli Field on Hacker Street.
Larry Smith of Kane, the vice president of the Booster Club, and Steve Peterson of Mt. Jewett, a board member, told council the advertising banners would raise money for improvements at the baseball field.
“This will really help a lot,” Peterson said in his presentation to council.
The advertising banners will hang on the outfield fence during the baseball season. They will be removed during the winter months. The Booster Club will be responsible for selling the ads and installing and removing the banners each year.
In related business:
*Peterson advised council that a batting cage is being installed along the third-base line at the field.
*Councilman Dennis Drost discussed his plan to use PVC plastic pipe to support a mesh net to keep foul balls from entering a neighboring property.
Drost said an engineer at his place of employment suggested the use of PVC pipe.
Councilman Mike Merry said he wants this engineer to put his suggestion “in writing.” Merry, chairman of council’s Public Safety Committee, said he “totally disagrees” with the proposed use of PVC pipe for the project.
In other business at the 110-minute meeting at the borough building, council:
*Approved a stormwater management plan for the new Family Dollar variety store to be built along North Fraley Street. The site is adjacent to the Rite Aid store and in front of Kane Manufacturing (Kane Screens).
*Discussed traffic congestion on West Hemlock Avenue during the arrival and departure of students at the Kane Elementary School and contiguous Kane Middle School.
Borough Police Chief Brian Hillard said the police department has been helping the school district monitor the traffic flow.
He said there “will never be a perfect system” at arrival and dismissal times at the schools.
The chief said he is “100 percent against” any proposals to make West Hemlock Avenue a one-way street.
*Agreed to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) regarding the recent paving of a section of Greeves Street (Route 6).
Council is concerned because the tops of certain manholes are below the surface of the street and are creating bumps.
Councilman Jim Salvamoser said there is "a problem" because motorists are "dodging" the bumps by swerving around them.
*Discussed the lack of action to repair holes in the roof at the former Kane Handle plant along Biddle Street. Another letter will be sent to the out-of-town owner of the property to press for repairs at the building.
Pick up a copy of the Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.