Transportation issues drive CB meeting
by Katherine Kurre
Oct 19, 2011 | 2752 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Wednesday, October 12, Community Board (CB) 5 gathered for their monthly meeting at Christ the King High School.

Board member Richard Huber spoke of the Department of Transportation’s proposal to change the direction of 74th Street from south to northbound.

“Everyone will be forced into one intersection,” Huber said.

Another person present at the meeting also voiced his opinion on the street direction change.

“Don’t change the direction of 74th street,” the resident said, “schools use that street and changing the direction would make it unsafe.”

The Transportation Committee also reported that a top problem is the bus stop on Metropolitan Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. Every afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m., students flock to the narrow sidewalk there to wait for the bus. Students from at least three schools, Christ the King High School and the two schools from the Forest Hills Campus, use the bus at that location.

“It’s dangerous,” a committee member said.

The board members also voted on the Fiscal Year 2013 Capital Budget Priorities.

This paper previously reported that the top priorities for the capital budget for the community are the redesign and reconstruction of the sewer system in portions of CB5 with the worst flooding.

The construction of a pedestrian crosswalk and reconstruction of the Cooper Avenue underpass and reconstruction at the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge at Fresh Pond road are also top priorities, as well as the rehabilitation of the M subway stations and the Ridgewood Reservoir.

“We’re hoping something really nice can be done there,” Giordano said of the reservoir.

The board voted to accept both the expense budget and the internal budget. The expense budget includes services such as police and fire protection, parks maintenance, and senior citizen and youth services, while the internal budget encompasses personal service.

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