Side­walk re­place­ment project on sched­ule

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Ryan Gen­ova

JENK­IN­TOWN » As Jenk­in­town’s Con­crete In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram reaches a fifth birth­day this year, bor­ough coun­cil took time to re­view its progress at its July 25 meet­ing.

The project’s end-game is im­proved walk­a­bil­ity through­out the bor­ough, in­clud­ing curb ramps and other ac­ces­si­ble fea­tures. At present, more than 70,000 lin­ear feet have been repaved, footage which in­cludes 62 per­cent of bor­ough-owned roads and more than 70 per­cent of state roads.

“The project is on sched­ule and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2023,” Bor­ough Man­ager Ge­orge Locke said.

Of­fi­cials said the paving project was in­tro­duced in 2013 to ad­dress non-com­pli­ant side­walks lin­ing bor­ough-owned streets and state roads. A $500,000 in­vest­ment thus far, Locke added, the large ma­jor­ity of costs have been paid for through grant fund­ing.

Six hun­dred forty-one prop­er­ties have been brought up to Pen­nDOT com­pli­ance dur­ing the process, of­fi­cials said.

“I was rel­a­tively new on coun­cil when we de­cided to pri­or­i­tize this project,” coun­cil mem­ber Kieran Far­rell said. “Seventy thou­sand lin­ear feet is fan­tas­tic. We can say that we’ve done a good job. I want to thank the coun­cil staff for all the work they’ve done.”

In other mat­ters, coun­cil ap­proved a mo­tion to of­fi­cially adopt the Jenk­in­town 2035 Com­pre­hen­sive Plan, a long-range plan­ning process for the bor­ough’s growth and de­vel­op­ment.

The plan in­cludes its own steer­ing com­mit­tee, which will look to out­line goals, strengths and de­sired ar­eas for im­prove­ment.

“It’s been a broadly sup­ported en­deavor through­out the town,” coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Rick Bunker said. “Peo­ple are in-the-know through our nu­mer­ous plan­ning and coun­cil meet­ings. We’ve dis­cussed it at great length.”

“I think it lays out a strong vi­sion for the fu­ture of the bor­ough,” Mar­ley Bice, prin­ci­pal planner for the Mont­gomery County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said. “I look for­ward to work­ing with the bor­ough to im­ple­ment the strate­gies we’ve laid out.

“We’ve been able to en­gage with more than a thou­sand res­i­dents and ex­am­ine pub­lic feed­back,” she said.

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