Insurance to cover traffic light

GLOVERSVILLE – Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones announced during the council meeting last week the city’s insurance will cover the damage done to the traffic light at the intersection of Kingsboro and Second avenues.

A tree fell in early June and disabled a traffic light at the intersection resulting in two stop signs being installed on Second Avenue.

Jones said the city will have to pay a $500 deductible while the insurance company will cover the rest of the cost to reset a new metal pole and string the cables, which has been estimated to cost about $100,000.

The previous pole, which belonged to the city, was severely bent and has to be replaced.

Jones said the lights and controller are fairly new so the city would be able to reuse them.

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

Jones said a project like this could take much of the summer months to finish.

However, Jones said he is hopeful it can be completed by the time school starts in the fall.

Jones estimated a similar pole would cost about $100,000, but since the contractor still has to be selected by the city and approved by the insurance company, that cost is still unknown, along with the actual date work would begin.

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

However, VanDeusen 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.


In other business, King made a motion during the meeting, which was unanimously accepted by the Common Council, to reappoint the City Assessor Joni Dennie to a six-year term.

The council in January approved the base salaries for administrative and non-represented staff including Dennie as the city assessor at a salary of $45,510.

“I have no interest in looking for another assessor,” King said. “Joni does a great job.”