Door-to-door today consisted of handing out flyers with the information on two upcoming meetings, pertaining to the Safe Routes to School project. This will improve the infrastructure and safety for the children who walk to Conte Community School, as well as those who are dropped off. Thursday night at 7 p.m. will be the Traffic Commission meeting that will provide a recommendation for the change of S. Atlantic Ave. to a one way street. While there isn’t much of a concern for making this a one way street, there is a wider concern among residents about the direction of the one way street. Currently, the plan is to send traffic south toward the entrance of Conte creating a divergence of traffic with West Union Street. Switching it to be a one way northbound would create a better flow, in my opinion, and in the opinion of many residents. 

The other meeting is Monday, August 26th at 7:30 when the Council’s DPW committee will review the temporary easements and take a broader look at the project. The recommendation will come back to the full council for the September 3rd meeting.

One of those residents I met up with today is a friend who is very active on the West Side Neighborhood Initiative. I’ll always remember how kind she was four years ago when I was a complete stranger to her. She invited me in, offered a cup of tea, and even a little dinner after a long night of door-to-door. Tonight, she was similarly hospitable. We talked about how great it is to see the traffic signal at the corner of West Union and Onota Street being finished. In a wonderful team effort, including the West Side Initiative members, Conte School, and former Councilor Peter Marchetti (who helped me garner the support of the full council) we were able to get that traffic light into the capital budget. It dramatically improves the safety at this intersection that includes students crossing, school buses going in and out, peak traffic for school pick-up and drop-off – all located on a busy thoroughfare.

By the way, tonight, I got a chance to help her out this time by eventually finding success in loading some digital pictures from her camera to the computer in an effort to email them to her children. I’m far from being a computer whiz, but hey, we figured it out. And her kids got the pics.

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The Safe Routes to School Plan should improve safety for students walking and being picked-up and dropped-off at Conte Community School.

The Safe Routes to School Plan should improve safety for students walking and being picked-up and dropped-off at Conte Community School.

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