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The Dansville Online
  • Capital project tweaked after public forum

  • A 30-car parking lot has been stricken from a $4.86 million capital project proposal after Dansville Central School District conducted a public information forum Nov. 28, in which people addressed their concerns.

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  • A 30-car parking lot has been stricken from a $4.86 million capital project proposal after Dansville Central School District conducted a public information forum Nov. 28, in which people addressed their concerns.
    “We thought we were fixing a problem, but we were adding to a problem already in their neighborhood,” school board president Mary Ann Holden said during a special meeting Dec. 3.
    Holden said the district hopes it can be of use to help alleviate existing traffic problems in the North Clinton Street and Weidman Lane area, where the problem persists.
    The Dec. 3 special meeting was called strictly to make the change to the parking lot in the project proposal. No other item was on the agenda.
    The amount specifically saved by eliminating the parking lot from the proposal was not immediately known, superintendent Paul Alioto said.
    Even before eliminating the parking lot proposal Dec. 3, the district had scaled the project back some to what it believes to be just the essential elements. Alioto said the project is considered modest for a school district Dansville’s size.
    The project will be paid for through New York State Aid and through a district reserve fund.
    “Taxes will not be affected by the capital project if this moves forward,” Alioto said during the Nov. 28 information meeting, in which about 40 people attended. The majority who came seemed to be residents of the North Clinton Street area.
    Questions and concerns were raised on the changes to the main campus parking lot, but mostly to the proposed 30-car parking lot for the soccer field behind Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, where North Clinton Street and Weidman Lane converge.
    The parking lot for the soccer field was designed with the intent to ease parking congestion on the side streets during games.
    Those in attendance, however, felt this would not accomplish that goal. Rather, they felt it would encourage more traffic to the area.
    “When that 30-car parking lot is full...[do you] think those people are going to turn around and find parking somewhere else?” A resident asked.
    “No, I think they’re going to find parking where they have in the past, and hopefully it would be less,” Alioto answered.
    Putting up a fence along Weidman Lane to discourage entrance to the field from there, also discouraging parking there with the exception of handicap parking, was an idea brought up by the residents, and was what they seemed to prefer.
    Residents agreed that an additional 30-space parking lot is not needed for after-school sporting events. The main campus parking lot would be nearly empty at that time, they said, with ample parking available.
    Page 2 of 2 - Residents felt that it should not bother players and spectators to walk a little further to the field.
    Concerns were also raised regarding the increased daily traffic due to the consruction of the parking lot if EBH faculty would be allowed to park there.
    Regarding building a fence, there are no plans from the school district as of yet to do so.
    The public vote on the project, plus a separate proposal to replace three buses at a cost of $215,000 through the district’s capital reserve bus fund, is scheduled for Dec. 17 in the high school gymnasium foyer.
    No additional taxes would be generated to purchase the buses.
     
     
     

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