Hamlin Twp. supervisors discuss several road issues

HAZEL HURST -- Road issues dominated the discussion Monday at the monthly meeting of the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors.The talk included several heated verbal exchanges between the supervisors and among the residents at the forum.Here are some of the issues:*John Verolini and Ron Keim of Kushequa said they oppose a request by John Moffett of Kushequa remove his road from township jurisdiction.In a letter, Verolini said his property abuts a portion of the township road that Moffett wants the township to "vacate." Verolini said the "elimination of that access might have a negative effect on my property's value."Keim said he supports Verolini's opposition against Moffett's request to convert the dirt road into a private access for Moffett.Moffett, a former township supervisor, said the road is "not acceptable" for the public because it has a "dead end" without a turnaround.Keim said hikers walk the road to access a path that goes along Kinzua Creek to the steel rubble of the former Kinzua Bridge. He believes the "tourism" would benefit the township.Moffett said this path runs on "private property" and "no trespassing signs" are located at the site.The supervisors tabled action on Moffett's request to "vacate" the township road. The supervisors plan to send out formal notices to property owners before taking action.*The supervisors plan to ask a representative for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to develop specifications for bids for work on Marvindale Road.The proposed project calls for converting the road to dirt. The current blacktop surface is heavily deteriorated and new paving would be exorbitant.Supervisor Don Compton said he would contact PennDOT representative Shawn Agosti to "get the road project going."See full article by purchasing the July 10 edition of The Kane Republican.