Coun­cil adds $161,000 to Safe Routes fund­ing

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

The to­tal cost of the ini­tia­tive now stands at $650,000, of which $416,000 will be re­im­bursed by the state.

The Com­mon Coun­cil has ap­proved $161,000 in ad­di­tional fund­ing for Safe Routes to School projects in the city, bring­ing the to­tal to $650,000.

The ex­tra spend­ing was au­tho­rized in an 8-0 vote on Tues­day. Alder­woman Nina Daw­son, D-Ward 4, was ab­sent.

Al­der­man An­thony Davis said he voted “yes” af­ter get­ting an­swers to ques­tions he had about a pro­posed speed bump on Joy’s Lane, near Di­etz Sta­dium.

“I just needed to have some more in­for­ma­tion about the speed hump there,” said Davis, D-Ward 6. “Af­ter speak­ing to [City En­gi­neer] Ralph Swen­son and the mayor, I got my ques­tions an­swered, which was that is in­side the dis­trict for Bai­ley [Mid­dle School] and Ed­son [El­e­men­tary School], so that’s why the pro­posal for Joy’s Lane.” The sta­dium is op­er­ated jointly by the city and the Kingston school dis­trict, and Bai­ley and Ed­son are just west of the sta­dium.

Of the $650,000 to­tal, $577,000 will be bonded and $73,000 will come from the city’s gen­eral fund. The state will re­im­burse the city $416,000. Swen­son last month that ad­di­tional fund­ing was needed be­cause the low bid for­con­struc­tion—$465,033 from Sun-Up En­ter­prises — was about $30,000 more than ex­pected, and be­cause $153,000 had to be ear­marked for de­sign and in­spec­tions.

Safe Routes to School projects in Kingston are to in­clude:

• A new side­walk on Burhans Boule­vard, nea Harry L. Ed­son El­e­men­tary School and J. Wat­son Bai­ley Mid­dle School. There also will be up­grades to a pedes­trian sig­nal on nearby Lu­cas Av­enue.

• New pedes­trian sig­nals at the Wash­ing­ton Av­enue in­ter­sec­tions with Lu­cas Av­enue, Main Street, Pearl Street and Lin­der­man Av­enue. The sig­nals would be for stu­dents at­tend­ing Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton El­e­men­tary School, Ed­son and Bai­ley.

• Curb cuts on the four cor­ners at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mur­ray Street and Delaware Av­enue, as well as pedes­trian sig­nal; and curb cuts on Gross Street. This work im­pacts stu­dents who at­tend John F. Kennedy El­e­men­tary School.

• A cross­walk at the in­ter­sec­tion of Quarry Street and Hur­ley Av­enue, near Bai­ley.

• Cross­walks at Wall and Franklin streets and at Fair and Henry streets, near Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN FILE

Stu­dents and par­ents cross Wall Street in front of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton El­e­men­tary School in Kingston last month.

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