Speed bumps and budgets
The issue regarding fixing the crosswalk at the north side of Jackson and State streets:
Tedman is referring to comments about Jackson and State streets here, which I repeated in the meeting, related to the safety of traffic around State Street, and that slowing down traffic near state street is a good thing. That was my sentiment, at least, and some disagree with that sentiment.
The issue was, of course, nothing to do with creating “speed bumps”, however it is about fiscal responsibility, and timing:
Should Borough Council stick to their budgets?
Borough Council has about $13,000 left in the crosswalk budget.
The repair for this crosswalk is estimated at $44,000 dollars (could be less, however), meaning Borough Council would spend outside of that budget to the tune of $31,000.
Have $31 grand to spare?
Now, where should we take that money from? The police department overtime budget? How about paving your street?
The irony is that the two Republicans on council showed favor in spending this money at the working meeting in October outside the budget. Jim Cunningham claimed we had “plenty of money” from the taxes.
Pete Alyanakian suggested that they could use the bridge design fees reimbursement to pay for the road repairs … (But wait, that was for the bridge design costs, right?)
I thought given the current national rhetoric about fiscal responsibility they would be the last ones who would want to spend money outside the budget.
But in the working meeting, Peter Williamson simply requested to wait until next year (which is now about 9 weeks away) and putting this repair in next year’s budget.
The vote, by the way, passed unanimously for the repairs as long as it would happen before November 19th, 2010. It should take about a week and the compromise on the motion was that the money will come out of the paving budget, and not anywhere else. Monica Simpson:
So, the issue was about being responsible about budgets and spending, and not about “speed bumps.”
The crux of it is: If your street needs to be paved, it may be postponed. Jim Cunningham:
Hopefully that clears up the issue for you. Hope your street is not the one that is postponed!