Sunday, September 19, 2004

Traffic signal flap eases

W. Chester Twp., Butler may deal

By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

WEST CHESTER TWP. - A dispute between the township and the Butler County Engineer's Office over who should pay for and maintain four traffic signals on Cox Road has tentatively been resolved.

The county has agreed to maintain the signals between Hamilton-Mason and Tylersville roads if township trustees agree to take over maintenance of county roads of equal miles.

"For now (Cox) is a township road and will be maintained by the township," said Chris Petrocy, spokesman for the Butler County Engineer's Office.

That could change, he said, if the township agrees to the proposed road swap. The Engineer's Office is waiting for word on the proposal from the township.

Township trustees must first approve the proposal, but Administrator Dave Gully likes the idea.

"It's mutually beneficial. It helps the county with their snow routes and it helps us because we don't want to be in the traffic-light business," he said.

The lights were put up last year when the road was widened to five lanes.

"That whole widening project was paid for by a West Chester Township (tax-increment finance district) so it is their road, it was their project, we merely managed the construction of the project and that would include the traffic signals," Petrocy said.

The township received an $800 bill from a local construction company for the signals this summer.

"It really isn't the money, it's just the idea that the township has never had the responsibility for traffic signals and it's not something we want to get into," Gully said.

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