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Ithaca Board of Public Works Approves Intersection Repair Policy
gs494@cornell.edu
| November 14, 2011
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Ithaca Board of Public Works suggested the Common Council to discharge two unused properties, 213 and 215 West Spencer Street.

These properties were purchased by the city during the widening project of Spencer Street. However according to the latest investigations there is no public works interest in these properties anymore. The decision to sell these properties will bring $125,000 revenue to city’s 2012 budget. The board decided to wait until its coming meetings to recommend other properties’ discharge, claiming that other properties’ case of utility wasn’t as clear as the two that are recommended.

Additionally after the shared meeting of the Common Council and the Board of Public Works meeting on October 26, 2011 the board voted on the Intersection Repair Policy. The policy regards the procedures of modifying intersections of local streets when a resident makes a proposal to do so. The board has previously stated that it would prefer a trial period during which modifications will only be allowed on quieter streets.

Inspired by the “Livable Streets” movement in Portland, OR the board endorsed the policy and approved an application about a parking space for a person with disabilities in front of 80 Abbott Lane.

The bicycle boulevard project that is in progress was also verbally supported by the board. The board has planned that the modifications in busier streets will be projected according to the observations about the modifications of quieter streets.

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