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Traffic, construction and 9/11

Harrison committee meeting focuses on a variety of topics

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The success of events like the 9/11 Patriot Day Ceremony and the Wings of Life 5K were addressed at the Sept. 18 session.

The Harrison Township Committee discussed traffic issues, township events and park projects at its Sept. 18 business meeting.

Traffic issues include a string of accidents at the intersection of Cedar and Sherwin roads and along Tomlin Station Road. The township will increase police patrols and is seeking help from the county to resolve the issues.

“We will increase police patrols and seek a speed limit reduction from the county, again because Tomlin Station Road is a county road,” said Mayor Louis Manzo.

Two construction projects were talked about at the meeting. The first involved the addition of a dog park to William Wilt Park, with construction set to begin in November, while the second concerned construction of new welcome signs across the approximately 20 entry roads into Harrison.

“(There will be) signs with the same color palate and design, but unique to the location, depicting the section of the township you are entering,” Manzo explained.

He cited messages such as “Welcome to Mullica Hill in Harrison Township” and “Welcome to Richwood in Harrison Township” as examples.

“So that these sections/villages that make up Harrison Township maintain the identity and we brand it that way,” he noted. 

The week prior to the meeting, the township sponsored its first suicide awareness and prevention week with events focused on the topic. It concluded with hundreds of participants for the Wings of Life 5K in Ella Harris Park, also a topic of the committee session.

The committee also discussed the township’s Patriot Day ceremony on Sept. 11 at the 9/11 memorial on Main Street. The event saw dozens pay their respects to those who lost their lives on that tragic day in 2001.

“Multiple state-elected officials attended and our local police, fire and American Legion Post members participated in our wreath-laying ceremony marking the historic events of that day,” Manzo reported.

The next Harrison committee meeting will be a work session at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, at the township municipal building at 7 p.m.

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