Tree stops traffic light in city

GLOVERSVILLE – A tree fell Tuesday and disabled a traffic light at the intersection of Kingsboro Avenue and Second Avenue, resulting in two stop signs being installed on Second Avenue.

Mayor Dayton King is reminding motorists to use caution near the intersection until the problem can be fixed.

Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said at the council meeting Tuesday the metal pole, which belongs to the city, will have to be replaced although the traffic signal and controller are still operational.

“The lights and controller are fairly new, so we would be able to reuse that,” Jones said. “We would just have to reset the pole and string the cables.”

Jones said a project like that could take months to finish.

He estimated a similar pole would cost about $100,000, although he told the council he would have a more solid figure by its next meeting.

However, Finance Commissioner Bruce Van Genderen said the problem could take some time to fix because he is not sure the damage will be covered under the city’s insurance.

Van Genderen said Wednesday he made a claim with the insurance company and will hear the decision within a week.

King said if the damage isn’t covered under the insurance, the council will have to determine if fixing the light is worth the cost.

“We will know here in a couple of weeks and come back to the Common Council and then they will decide if we need a light there,” King said. “Certainly safety is very important but with it being $100,000 to $150,000, as it may be, we have to figure out if that is what we want to spend to make it happen.”

First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth said she is concerned about the situation because the intersection is busy and is used by children to reach Boulevard Elementary School.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said the current remedy to the problem is fine for now.

However, he said, if the problem is not fixed for an extended period of time, the city might want to consider having a crossing guard at the location when children will be present.