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Concerns expressed over speeding


Special to The Press

Heidelberg Township supervisors at their March 18 meeting. listened as resident David Trexler voiced concerns about conditions on Mantz Road.

Trexler said recently there have been numerous drivers driving at high speed on the road and this posed a danger to local children and pets, as well as a herd of deer which regularly cross the road.

Trexler asked the township to put up speed limit signs in the area, adding he had already confronted and warned several of the drivers.

“I don’t want to see anybody get hurt. I don’t want to see anybody get killed. I don’t want to see cars going into houses,” Trexler said.

Supervisor David Fink and Chairman Steve Bachman said the township would need to make a determination on the road’s condition to set a safe speed, a traffic study would be carried out in the area if one had not yet been completed, and speed limit signs would be posted.

During the monthly ambulance report, NOVA Executive Director Kristie Wilk reported that through the end of February, Northern Valley EMS’ call volumes reached 448 calls.

While call volumes have not returned to pre-COVID levels, Wilk said COVID-related calls were decreasing, and the overall volume was increasing.

She also reported all NOVA trucks now have new LUCAS chest compression devices installed and each station now has an AED.

Wilk thanked the township for its support in getting the equipment.

Regarding previously noted staffing issues, Wilk said NOVA has raised its hourly rates and hired two full-time and one part-time paramedic, one full-time EMT and two part-time EMTs, and was continuing to conduct interviews for other openings.

Bachman said there was a rumor circulating that the township was looking at other providers to provide ambulance services.

He said the statement had no merit.

“I just want to state that, so far, that’s a false rumor. There’s no outside conversations I know of,” he said. “We’re very happy with NOVA. We want to get NOVA the support of the community.”

The next supervisors’ meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 15.