Pe­ti­tion seeks one-way des­ig­na­tion near Golden Hill

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By William J. Kemble news@free­manon­line.com

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> The Com­mon Coun­cil has re­ceived a pe­ti­tion with 34 sig­na­tures ask­ing that a road­way be­tween Glen Street and Golden Hill Drive be des­ig­nated as one-way for use only by ve­hi­cles leav­ing nearby Ul­ster County fa­cil­i­ties and the Golden Hill Nurs­ing and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter.

But con­trol over the is­sue may not be in the hands of city law­mak­ers.

The re­quest was made dur­ing a cau­cus Mon­day, with sev­eral res­i­dents say­ing such a change would al­le­vi­ate traf­fic prob­lems that come from use of Glen Street as a thor­ough­fare be­tween the fa­cil­i­ties and Wash­ing­ton Av­enue.

“The road is 15 feet wide, there are blind spots,” res­i­dent Matt Colan­gelo said. “There have been ac­ci­dents.”

A res­o­lu­tion to de­clare the sec­tion of road — known to res­i­dents as Glen Street Ex­ten­sion — as a one-way street was re­ferred back to com­mit­tee af­ter City Cor­po­ra­tion Coun­sel Kevin Bryant said the sec­tion of road is ac­tu­ally part of an ease­ment that was granted to the county.

“Glen Street Ex­ten­sion ... does not ex­ist,” he said. “This is ac­tu­ally part of Golden Hill Drive. This would be con­sid­ered an ease­ment with im­plied ac­cess to Glen Street.”

Byrant said any changes in traf­fic rules would have to be ap­proved by the county.

“The city doesn’t have ac­cess to do, or any in­flu­ence what­so­ever, when it comes to the pri­vate ease­ment,” he said. “Right now, this is pri­vate prop­erty. This is a pri­vate ease­ment that the city has noth­ing to do with.”

Deputy County Ex­ec­u­tive Robert Sud­low last week ac­knowl­edged to the Free­man that the sec­tion of the street is un­der a county ease­ment and said it should be used for both ingress and egress to Golden Hill Road.

Colan­gelo said the is­sue of con­trol over the road is con­fus­ing be­cause the city has posted signs say­ing there is no through traf­fic on Glen Street.

“There’s a law ... on the books (of) the city of Kingston that specif­i­cally says ‘Glen Street Ex­ten­sion,’” he said. “So how, if the city doesn’t own the road, did they pass a law re­strict­ing traf­fic to go over there?”

Alder­woman Lynn Eck­ert, D-Ward 1, said the city needs to con­duct talks with county law­mak­ers.

“For the county to pre­vent the ... em­ploy­ees from com­ing up ... they can sim­ply put a rope up or they can put a chain up as they have in the past,” she said.

County of­fi­cials in March 1973 put a chain across the road to block the con­nec­tion be­tween Glen Street and Golden Hill Drive af­ter com­plaints were lodged fol­low­ing the open­ing of the county in­fir­mary in late 1972. A Free­man story at the time re­ported the chain was ul­ti­mately re­moved in Fe­bru­ary 1974 fol­low­ing a county Leg­is­la­ture de­ci­sion.

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