Board 10 outlines budget priorities
by Stephen Geffon
Nov 12, 2009 | 1435 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The construction of new schools to alleviate overcrowding in the community and the assignment of additional uniformed police officers to the 106th Precinct to increase visibility and reduce response time were the most important Community Board 10 Capital and Expense Budget priorities for fiscal year 2011, according to Betty Braton, the board’s chair.

CB10’s Budget Committee made the recommendations to the full board at the scheduled monthly meeting last Thursday evening at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lefferts Boulevard in South Ozone Park.

The committee’s report of capital and expense priorities is a statement on the part of the board as to what they believe are the priority items that must be dealt with by the city. The budget process continues from now through a number of phases until the final city budget is adopted in June.

Planned reconstruction of streets in the Centerville area was also listed in the committee’s capital budget presentation as a high priority.

Among other listed capital budget priorities were park improvements at Judge Memorial Park, 134th Street between 111th Avenue and Linden Boulevard, the Southern Fields ballfields, North Conduit Avenue between 114th Place and Lefferts Boulevard and Police Officer Edward Byrne Park, North Conduit Avenue between 131st and 133rd streets, as well as the sanitary and storm sewers for the Jewel Streets area and curb construction throughout the community.

The committee also requested construction of a new library in Hamilton Beach and reconfiguration of the Cohancy Street exit of the Belt Parkway at North Conduit, as well as additional forestry services, sanitation equipment and staffing, and additional park staffing.

The budget committee’s recommendations for the fiscal year 2011 Capital and Expense budget priorities were approved by the full Board.

In other board news, district manager Karyn Petersen informed the audience of the Department of Transportation’s pilot program to help property owners make sidewalk repairs more quickly and resolve violations issued by the agency for cracked sidewalks, trip hazards and other defects without significant additional cost.

Under the expedited repair program, department contractors can begin sidewalk repair or replacement work within 45 days of a property owner's request, which can be made online or by mailing a request to the Office of Sidewalk Management.

John Adams High School Principal Grace Zwillenberg urged community residents with school age children to consider enrolling them in Adams. She said the school had a motivating atmosphere of cooperation, collaboration and creativity. The school currently has six academies: Jumpstart Academy, Environmental & Science Research Institute, Media Communications Arts, Justice, Law & International Studies, Health and Sports Careers Institute, and Queens Business Institute.

Residents can request tours of the school or submit any questions they have by contacting Principal Zwillenberg at GZwille@schools.nyc.gov. John Adams High School is located at 101-02 Rockaway Boulevard, Ozone Park, (718) 322-0500.

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