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Durham residents report on speeding vehicles


The Durham Township supervisors heard residents’ concerns about trash and traffic during the public comment portion of their July meeting.
Lois Oleksa, an avid environmentalist who has served the township in several capacities over the years, asked why the township continues to recycle trash and Chris Mondics, a writer-journalist, is concerned about reckless driving on Route 212 where he lives.
Oleksa said she had discovered from her trash hauler that garbage and recyclables are no longer separated but are trucked to the Philadelphia area where they are burned, “So, why” she asked, “go to the trouble to collect recyclable material from residents?”
According to numerous reports. China, which has accepted America’s recycling materials for years, is no longer taking them and that is the root of the problem.
Durham has maintained a monthly recycling program for township residents for years. The supervisors noted fewer and fewer people are taking trash to be recycled, even though initially the program was set up at residents’ requests. They directed Danielle Cox, township administrator, to gather information from the township’s recycling partner before they make any decision about the program’s future.
Mondics requested that the supervisors ask police to “be more diligent and at least slow the traffic down.” He said he had never seen police along Route 212, the two-lane highway stretching from Quakertown to Route 611. “It’s absolutely dangerous,” he said. He believes New Jersey drivers are using the road as a speedway and it’s particularly bad on weekends.
The township, which has no police force of its own, relies on state police from the Dublin Barracks for coverage. Stouts ValleyRoad, Kintner Road and Route 611 are other thoroughfares residents at the meeting mentioned as problem areas.

Supervisor Bartley E. Millett said enforcement had been addressed with state police several years ago and many of those ticketed were township residents. The supervisors then directed the township administrator to contact state police to determine if better enforcement can be provided.
During the business meeting, Danielle Cox reported the municipality had received $59,295, the first half of its share of funds awarded by the American Rescue Plan. It will be deposited in the bank until a decision is made for its use.
Cox said the township will begin to post agendas for all township meetings in a window at the township office as of Aug. 29. This is now required by a state Sunshine Law amendment, she noted, and said the township will continue to comply with all required electronic notices.
She also reported a representative from the office of state Rep. Shelby Labs (R-143) will visit the township monthly to address any concerns residents may have. Scheduled visits are set for the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. beginning in October.
The supervisors appointed resident Arlene Anderson to the Environmental Advisory Council. Millett said he had interviewed her and she seemed “well-suited” for the post. The council is still without a chairperson.
There appears to be some doubt that Durham Community Day will actually take place on Oct. 9 because the township is still waiting to hear from volunteers to work at the event. Supervisor Kathleen Gentner said, “If volunteers step up, they step up. If not… .”