Terry Heiser, Northwood resident has been working with the Streets Department on the issue of speeding traffic on Castor Avenue between Foulkrod and Pratt Sts. He appeared at the Northwood Civic Association meeting on January 19th along with Nick Cinciruk of the Streets Department to present the plan to implement a traffic slowing strategy that will be implemented when the weather turns warmer in the spring.
The strategy will consist of “soft rumble strips” placed on every block between Foulkrod and Pratt sts. on Castor Avenue. It has been proven effective elsewhere in reminding drivers to slow down. The speed limit will also be painted on the street in the travel lane at mid block and additional metal signs will be posted. The effectiveness of this strategy will be evaluated after implementation to determine whether additional steps are necessary.
State Rep. John Taylor spoke about the Conservator Act (Act 135) which he sponsored. It allows non profits to take over problem properties in a neighborhood and return them to productive use. There are several properties in Northwood that are in line to be included in this program. Possible list includes 1301 Wakeling, 1208 Dyre and 5050 Oxford. He also recapped the experience of trying to get a budget passed in Harrisburg.
State Rep. Jason Dawkins talked about the possibility that the new city Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections will be more aggressive in addressing the issue of recovery/boarding homes. Dawkins went into the issue of how this often comes down to poverty compounding the problem. You may be an addict and or you may just be poor and you have no choice but to live in these boarding homes. These places should be licensed and properly maintained at the very least.
The next meeting of the Northwood Civic Association will be on Tuesday, February 16th at 7 PM at St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Avenue and Pratt St.