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October 18, 2013

Council gets update on sidewalk improvements


A relatively new source of revenue comes from the municipal meals tax.

Fifty percent of all local meals tax receipts have been allocated to sidewalk maintenance since the council approved the measure two years ago. As a result, $218,748 was appropriated through the 2013 supplemental budget process based on FY12 actual receipts.

The council approved an additional $100,000 supplemental budget request to fund sidewalks repairs in FY13 and there is a pending FY14 supplemental budget request for $60,000 toward sidewalk repairs.

The report said that in calendar year 2012, sidewalk projects included Ocean Street, Lafayette Court, Kent Street, Currier’s Court, Liberty Street, Essex Street, Brown Square, Prospect Street from State to Lime, State Street and Greenleaf Street.

Councilor Bob Cronin asked that more attention be given to areas away from the downtown and in other parts of the city.

Councilor Tom Jones suggested that better care be taken of sidewalks on Merrimac Street, a lengthy thoroughfare included in his Ward 4.

In calendar 2013, the following projects were finished, or will be completed: Congress Street, Temple Street, Middle Street, Wilkinson Drive, Mulliken Way, Coltin Drive at Low Street, Toppans Lane at Low Street, Monroe Street at Carter Street, Orange Street at Federal Street, part of Milk Street, Bromfield Street at Hancock, Parsons Street at Prospect Street, parts of Prospect Street, Allen Street at Prospect Street, and Market Street at Pleasant Street.

The report said that tentative projects for 2014 may include Bromfield Street at Hancock Street, Park Street at Harris Street, Water Street at State Street, State Street at Garden Street, Middle Street at Center Street and Unicorn Street at Pleasant Street.

The report was assigned to the Neighborhood and City Services Committee and the Committee of the Whole for discussion in coming weeks, and perhaps recommendations.

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