Petition seeks one-way designation near Golden Hill
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.