N.B. short on sidewalk funds PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:56
File photo. Students walk home from school in North Baltimore. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
NORTH BALTIMORE - It would cost more than the village has available to put sidewalks in around the areas of the new high school/middle school on the northeast end of town.
The issue arose last week when a resident complained that students were walking in the street to and from school.
To put sidewalks in on Maple Street from Rhodes Avenue to Rudolph Road alone would be $40,000 for the south side of the road, said village Administrator Kathy Healy at the village's committee of the whole meeting Tuesday.
From the corner of Broadway and Rudolph Road, going north on Rudolph, would cost $5,000.
The add a walking bridge over the Rocky Ford bridge on Broadway, would be $25,000.
And to put sidewalks on Broadway from Rudolph Road to the bridge would cost $64,500.
That's roughly $135,000, according to Healy.
And the money isn't there, she stated.
The village did apply for Issue 2 money for the project, but didn't get it, and plans to reapply at a later date, she said.
Norma Lopez, who attended the Nov. 6 meeting to point out students were walking to and from school in the streets, again attended Tuesday's committee meeting. In addition to the safety of students walking in the street, she pointed out the numbers of drivers that speed in that area.
And it's adults, not students, speeding down the road and running stop signs, she stated.
"We're committed to fixing this issue," said Councilman Aaron Patterson.
Council will ask the police department to better monitor the area of Maple Street and Rudolph Road during school hours.
Members thought the speed limit in that area was 25 miles per hour on Maple, and 35 mph on Rudolph and Quarry roads.
Members questioned whether they could drop the speed to 25 in those zones.
According to Healy, since the area is within the corporation limits, it's at council's discretion to change the limits.
"We will go and observe the area and get a recommendation from the police chief" before any changes are made, she explained.
If the limit is dropped to 25 mph, then the village will install flashing lights for about a month alerting drivers to the change.
The village has budgeted $7,000 to install flashing lights on Rudolph Road, in front of the school, to remind traffic to slow down.
"I don't know for sure, hopefully by the end of the year," Healy said about installation of the lights.
Also at the meeting, council learned the 2013 budget should be ready for a first reading at the Nov. 20 regular meeting.
"I'm pretty optimistic we're going to be in pretty good shape come 2013," said Patterson, who also chairs council's finance and technology committee.
Council also learned Healy will bid on two properties today, on East Broadway and North Tarr, that will be sold as forfeited land for non-payment of taxes. The two parcels are among four in the village that qualify for demolition under the Moving Ohio Forward program. But the homes can't be demolished without the owner's consent. The two she plans to purchase are owned by the state, which won't give permission for demolition unless the village owns the property. Permission has been granted on one other property, and the owner of the fourth cannot be reached.

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