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Board OKs Lowering Speed Limit Near Elementary School

The Carroll Town Board has approved reducing the speed limit 10 mph on North and East Meadow lanes, Marvin Street and Ruth Place because of there proximity to Robert H. Jackson Elementary School. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

FREWSBURG — The speed limit on a few streets near Robert H. Jackson Elementary School will soon be lowered by 10 mph.

On Nov. 17, the Carroll Town Board approved a resolution to lower the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph on North and East Meadow lanes, Marvin Street and Ruth Place. The changes follow Rachel Roushey’s appearance at the board’s October meeting when she asked town officials to lower the speed limit on streets located near the elementary school. Roushey also presented the board with a petition signed by 31 town residents who support the speed limit reduction. She said these streets are not only used by elementary school students, but also by middle school students who practice and have games on the fields near the facility.

Russell Payne, town supervisor, said because the streets are town roads and not maintained by the state, town officials will not have as many “restrictions” to lowering the speed limits. He said the front of the elementary school on Ivy Street has a reduced speed limit, but the side streets on the west side of the school don’t and they’re within 1,320 feet, which is the maximum length of a school speed zone according to state law.

Payne said the new speed limit signs have been ordered and once they are delivered they will be installed, which might happen during the first part of December.

In other business:

¯ The board passed its 2022 budget, which has no tax rate increase. Payne said the tax rate will remain at $5.80 per $1,000 assessed property value.

“We held the line with a zero tax increase,” he said.

¯ The board also received a letter from Mike Sheesley, Frewsburg Little League Baseball program president, about a proposal to use American Rescue Plan funds the town received for a batting cage and pavilion at Willis C. Hale Memorial Town Park. Payne said the proposal will cost $31,000 for the concrete pad, covering over the top and netting.

The town received $318,000 through the American Rescue Plan, which will be allocated in two payments to the town, with one this year and the other in 2022. Payne said town officials will create an ad hoc committee, which will probably start reviewing proposed plans on how the federal funding should be spent.

Payne said other proposed projects include doing a “Home Town Hero” project to honor the military with flags on telephone poles. He also said another proposed project would be to improve the look of Main Street with new business facades and other aesthetically pleasing improvements.

“These are the types of things the money has to be used for. It can’t be used to offset taxes. It has to be used for infrastructure projects,” he said.

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