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Next Steps for Boulevard Work Defined

Next steps include the installation of decorative lights by public service, according to the borough's engineer.

The borough is now waiting for public service to come in to install the new decorative lights along the section of the Boulevard which is being upgraded as part of the ongoing .

Borough Engineer Ken Job told borough officials Tuesday the installation of the lights is the next step towards completing the Boulevard work for phases three and four - the area from Jefferson to Franklin to Hamilton. 

A timeframe for when the light installation may be expected was not given. Construction of new sidewalks and brick pavers was completed over the past month. This week new trees were planted in that area.

Officials adopted an ordinance Tuesday night which puts the grant funds received from the state Department of Transporation towards the next phase of the project, which will be phase 5 - one block section from Hamilton to Walter. Job said phase 5 work could possibly be conducted next spring or summer. The borough is in the process of applying for grant funding for phase 6 of the Boulevard streetscape project - Walter to Division.

The borough has received state funding towards all the projects which have been worked on to date. The first two phases - Washington to Kipp to Jefferson - were completed about two years ago. Some residual work remains such as the removal of old Cobra lights by public service, which Job says is in the process of being completed.

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Allie September 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I love what they are doing the old trees and broken sidewalks were dangerous.
abc September 13, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Please allie, the sidewalks weren't that bad and the trees did not need to be removed. Its looks so open and urban that it's disgusting. Our leaders just continue to ruin this town in more ways than one. When are the benches for the bus stops going to be put back? Not only do you have to wait in the sun for a bus, but now you have to stand. This article again doesn't mention the cost to tax payers. It's not just funded by grants, the town (tax payers) are also footing the bill for this.
Allie September 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Apparently abc you are young and able to walk well but I am not and every time I walked pn the Boulevard I was always in fear of falling due to the broken sidewalks many of which were uprooted by the trees. Sorry you have to stand on the sun for a few minutes while you are waiting for a bus to leave this town but I still think this was a good decision and about the cost I thought I read that these were grants. If you pay taxes maybe you should be more concerned about how much money is going into the school system how is this fair to those of us who do not have any kids?
Alana Quartuccio September 13, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Regarding funding, as I mentioned on a previous article it's been addressed in earlier articles which are usually linked back to, as this is an ongoing topic we continue to cover when there new updates, etc. ADC is correct that some taxpayer money is used. Basically it's grant funding towards the construction and the borough funds engineering and any additional costs. For example for the first four phases which have been constructed to date $590,000 was from grants and the borough added $160,000.
abc September 14, 2012 at 01:21 PM
The borough, i.e. taxpayers added $160,000 so far? We pay too much in taxes and too much money is wasted in this town. I agree with Allie about the sidewalks needing repairs, but the trees didn't need to come down, it forever changed the landscape of our once nice town. What about the benches that used to be at the bus stops, are they going to be put back?
Alana Quartuccio September 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM
New benches should be installed as I believe it's part of the project. Once I have details on when it may happen I will be sure to update.
Daniel Wixon September 14, 2012 at 07:02 PM
who signed off on the dead trees they planted this week?
abc September 17, 2012 at 01:07 PM
The lights are bigger than the trees, and yeah the trees don't look so good! I guess everyone needs a job, huh?

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