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Signs to protect horseback riders

(9/6) The Hamiltonban Township Board of Supervisors voted at their September 4 meeting to install signs warning of the possible presence of horseback riders on Old Waynesboro Road.

Two signs depicting horses and riders and advising motorists to watch for riders will be erected about a mile apart along the roadway.

The supervisors approved posting the road in a 3-2 vote, supervisors Harry Rood and James Grinder voting against.

Board of supervisors President Robert L. Gordon summarized the position of the opposition by stating, "I think the other concern was it wouldn’t do any good and that putting up the signs wouldn’t really accomplish anything."

However, he said, the three who supported the proposal, including himself, "felt we should put them up anyway.  Certainly people driving on that road people are going to see the signs and be aware of it (the potential presence of horseback riders on the road)."

He said the three supporting supervisors voted to "satisfy a resident’s concern. After sharing our thoughts on the possibility of the signs being vandalized or any way to enforce them, the bottom line was we got a request from a constituent and (voted) to meet the request."

The request to post the road was presented by Old Waynesboro Road resident, and horseback enthusiast, Larry Fowler during the July meeting of the supervisors.

Most of the traffic on the approximately only a mile and half long Old Waynesboro Road is generated by Specialty Granulars, Inc. (SGI, formerly ISP), according to Gordon.  Fowler was concerned about drivers not being aware there could be horseback riders on that road.  

Township Secretary/Treasurer Deborah Feiler stated that there were no other signs in the township providing warnings to watch out for horseback riders, although there were other warning signs that had been posted warning drivers about children or pedestrians.

Although the exact locations for the two signs have not been finalized, Gordon stated, the signs have been ordered and will cost around $130 for both, not including possible mounting costs, depending on the method selected.  Township crews will post the signs.

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