Fredonia residents show support for Complete Streets

The village of Fredonia may be close to adopting a Complete Streets policy.

Resident Mary Croxton and other members of the Fredonia Complete Streets Task Force attended a recent village board meeting to announce a proposed Complete Streets ordinance is nearly complete, after which the board may review and approve it.

“One project we’d like to have looked at is bike lanes on Central Avenue,” Croxton said. “Another thing is doing things like ‘Share the road’ signs, so it reminds people there are bicyclists and other forms of transportation.”

Once an ordinance is in place, Fredonia may partake in grant funding to improve transportation projects as opportunities to improve traffic flow and usability become available.

Croxton said the costs for implementing Complete Streets will be minimal due to the wait for project availability.

“If some project were to come up, let’s say Day Street, and something needed to be changed about Day Street, then all users need to be considered in that process,” she added.

Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe said he is in favor of a Complete Streets policy.

“This is a revenue base, it helps you build your community, it makes streets safer for pedestrians and … when you’re trying to cross the street around here, you’re kind of putting your life in your own hands, and we need to change that,” he said.

Complete Streets is a community streets and sidewalks design approach that enables getting around town safely for various means of transportation, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the forwarding of $300,000 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a streambank erosion protection project along Canadaway Creek on village property in the town of Dunkirk.

“This is something that goes back to 1999 and it might be done this year,” Keefe said.

The project will prevent further erosion and a possible collapse of the village’s sewer main due to erosion. The project is estimated at $919,400, with Fredonia paying 35 percent and the Army Corps of Engineers paying the rest.

O’Brien & Gere Engineering of Syracuse was approved for engineering services for a backflow preventer installation design of the filter surface wash water supply at the water filtration plant at a cost not to exceed $7,700.

“That’s one of the projects that the Department of Health is requiring us to do,” Village Administrator Richard St. George said. “We did one set of them already, but they were a smaller set and we didn’t have to get an engineer involved. This is a bigger set and the DOH will not accept the chief operator’s or a plumber’s drawing of what’s going to be done there; they want an engineer to help design it.”

Kevin Cole was discontinued as a third-party electrical inspector for the village.

“The Electrical Board convened on March 7 to suspend him from doing inspections in the village,” Chief Inspection Officer Charles LaBarbera said, “We asked him numerous times to submit his liability insurance and he never did. There were a lot of complaints from people that used him and he’s not properly submitting the paperwork, so we can’t close out building permits.”

Police Officer Mike Napierala’s benefits request for a performance of duty injury that occurred March 2 was approved.

The board entered into executive session to discuss personnel at the streets department.

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