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Logan Reviews Beckett Road Truck Traffic

August 2, 2018 12:07 am0 commentsViews: 39

BRIDGEPORT —  The Logan Township Committee talked about a review of Beckett Road truck traffic at their meeting on July 17.

Since the community has built up its businesses, Logan has faced more speeding and large truck traffic issues. Many of those problems have come from larger trucks turning from Beckett Road.

Logan Engineer Annina Hogan, who was conducting the review, said much of the problem came from the big trucks just missing turns. Logan Township has tried signage and rumble strips in the area to varying opinions.

Hogan indicated that truck restrictions are governed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. She noted that there are currently no signs on Beckett Road telling truck drivers where to turn, and such a recommendation will be sent to Gloucester County.

Councilmember Doris Hall expressed concerns with traffic coming on and off Center Square Road as well. Deputy Mayor Chris Morris has mentioned large volumes of children going back and forth across Beckett Road.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Committee saw a presentation from TRICO JIF, the Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties Municipal Joint Insurance Fund, by Executive Director Paul Miola. As part of his effort, Miola was hoping to get more Logan employees involved in wellness programs. Hall is also a JIF Fund Commissioner.

Over the years, Logan Township has received over $9,000 in incentives and awards from the JIF program. Logan’s membership renewal, a three year deal, begins in January 2019.

In his police report, Logan Police Chief Robert Leash listed 1,266 calls for service to local forces during June, 22 arrests, and 181 motor vehicle summonses being issued.

In resolutions, the Council accepted Logan Township’s annual audit report for 2017, and they executed a collective negotiations agreement between Logan and the township’s police association, P.B.A. Local 122, for three years retroactive to January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020.

Another resolution saw Council request approval of items of revenue and appropriation, to include a Clean Communities Grant for $14,446,46. Also, Council authorized the community to enter into an interlock contract for cooperative purchasing with the Houston-Galveston area Council. H-GAC is a regional organization, covering 13 counties, through which local governments cooperate in solving area issues and problems. Local governments can save taxpayer funds by anticipating and preventing problems.

Logan Mayor Frank Minor commented, “This is used for big picture items such as fire trucks.”

— by Robert Holt

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