SCOTT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – New traffic barriers, known as bollards, are causing some controversy in the Glendale section of Scott Township. It's not the function, but the form.
"When you really look at all four close together, they look like male body parts, which I don't think is appropriate," says Glendale resident Pat Martin.
She raised the issue at Tuesday night's township commission meeting.
"Everyone's laughing about them," she adds, "because of the way they're put and what they resemble to people."
Commissioners Eileen Meyers and Pat Caruso disagree.
"We looked through and found something that we thought was pleasing to the eye, but apparently to one person it was not," Commissioner Meyers says.
Six more of the controversial posts have been installed further down the hill, at the intersection of Carothers and Magazine Street. That brings the total to 10.
Would they tear them all down?
"I can't imagine spending taxpayers' dollars for a situation like this because somebody has a narrow mind," says Commissioner Caruso.
Director of Public Services Randy Lubin says cheaper options are possible.
"Is there something that could go over top of these bollards that we could retrofit," Lubin says, "and again there will be a cost to that."
To replace, to cover, or leave alone?
Randy Lubin has one more question: "What's to say the next replacement isn't going to offend somebody else?"
PennDOT oversaw the project, and released this statement on the posts: "This is a locally-sponsored project; a joint effort by Carnegie Borough, Scott Township and Heidelberg Borough. PennDOT has an oversight role since it is a federally funded project. The design details were developed by their engineer. The Department approved the project for adherence to all necessary criteria."
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