City gets insurance claim for traffic light

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council approved a check Monday from an insurance company to cover $4,265 of the cost to fix the traffic light at Kingsboro and Second avenues that was damaged by a tree in June.

The city Department of Public Works previously estimated it will cost $12,000 to $15,000 to replace the traffic light.

The fallen tree disabled the traffic light, resulting in two stop signs being installed on Second Avenue.

DPW Director Kevin Jones said the lights and controller were fairly new, so the city can continue using them.

Jones previously told the council Stilson Electric has used poles, which contributed to the lower cost. He said the old base will have to be removed and sidewalk filled in around it. He said the replacement cost may be $12,000 to $15,000.

Jones said if the city were to install a completely new traffic light setup there, it could have cost as much as $100,000.

Jones told the council the light will not be in operation before school starts, as was originally hoped.

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 temporary stop signs are fine for now. However, he said, the city might want to consider having a crossing guard at the location when children will be present rather than pay the overtime to have a police officer take care of pedestrian safety.

City officials are reminding motorists to use caution near the intersection until the problem can be fixed.

In other meeting business:

-?After a public hearing at which no one spoke, the council approved a change to the City Code pertaining to sewer law. An audit by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had determined the city’s definition of non-compliance in the sewer-use law was less stringent than the federal standard required by the EPA, according to meeting documents.

-?City Attorney Anthony Casale notified the council the city has no authority over the Gloversville Housing Authority regarding the issuance of a handicapped parking permit.

Arthur “Nemo” Cole, 86, of the Forest Hill Towers, previously told the council about a problem he is having with the GHA in regard to obtaining the space. He said he has the proper permit to use a handicapped space but the authority has him on a waiting list for a space.

-?The council also passed a resolution to establish the following polling places in each election district: Ward 1, Forest Hill Towers; Ward 2, Church of the Holy Spirit; Ward 3, Boulevard School; Ward 4, Kingsboro Towers; Ward 5, United Methodist Church; and Ward 6, Fulton County Ambulance Service.