In the loop

City planners talk roundabout

The City of Warren Planning Commission spent some time talking roundabout during Wednesday morning’s meeting.

At issue is the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. and Market St. and whether to replace the existing traffic lights with new traffic lights or with a roundabout.

Chairman Don Nelson said the issue came up at last month’s meeting, as well.

He said he would like the commission to “review different options so we can look at it as a group (and) make a recommendation to the city.”

City Planner David Hildebrand then told the commission that it is his understanding that the issue would be before City Council on Monday.

“I think as far as any development… like this, we don’t really get a yea or nay,” Nelson said. “But I really think that as the planning group for the city, (I) would really like to be in the loop.”

Commission member Pat Scutella said that the city called in members of industry to discuss the project.

“We’re pretty knowledgeable about what’s going on,” he said, suggesting that the planners should also have a voice on other proposed downtown development. “I’m firm about that. I think we should start doing that again.I think it’s time that we get back to that.”

“We’ve been a result source of input,” Nelson said. “We all are citizens who are willing to give of our time to help out in further advancement of the city. We’re just here to help. (I’m) not trying to say anybody did anything wrong, (I) want to help out the city as much as (we) possibly can.

“I want to make sure the city utilizes us the best they can. We’re the city planners (and) want to be part of the plan.”