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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Three more dilapidated buildings in Bradford are coming down.

City Council on Tuesday accepted quotes to demolish 317 East Main Street, 418 Congress Street and 30 South Kendall Avenue.

6-V Excavation will demolish the last building, clear the property and take the debris to the McKean County Landfill for $8,750.

Tom Vickery will handle the other properties for $4,455 and $1,955, respectively.

“It’s a good price, too,” said Mayor Tom Riel after council approved the second Vickery resolution. “You couldn’t get them all that cheap.”

He explained that the cost of all the demolition will be paid from the city’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

Also Tuesday, council heard from Jefferson Street residents concerned about people speeding on their street, and the danger it poses to the children who live there, some of whom have disabilities.

Police Chief Chris Lucco said that, because of state law, the speed limit on the street cannot be any lower than 25 mph, and city ordinances cannot supersede state law. He also noted that state law prohibits speed bumps on residential streets.

He said he will ask his officers to step up patrols in the area in hopes that their increased presence will help.

In another police related matter, council approved a payment of $5,615 to Kustom Signals Inc. – upon delivery and installation – for a video camera for the new police vehicle.

Private donations are paying for the camera.

Council also approved on second reading an amendment to an ordinance that brings the city’s bicycle laws in line with state law. Specifically, it says bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks anywhere except the downtown business district.

Lucco noted that the presence of bicycles on downtown sidewalks has “reduced greatly since our enforcement picked up.”

Also Tuesday, Riel read a proclamation declaring September Muscular Dystrophy Association and Firefighter Appreciation Month. The proclamation noted that the local firefighters’ 2011 Fill the Boot campaign raised $4,300 for MDA.

City Clerk John Peterson read a letter from YWCA Victims Resource Center program director Nancy Chesnut asking for permission to put purple ribbons on the Main Street Bradford Pear trees and purple lights on a tree in Veterans Square from October 1 to October 31 in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The letter said this is an effort to “increase community awareness about domestic violence.”

Council members agreed to the request and directed Public Works and Parks Director Chip Comilla to work the YW on the project.

On a related note, WESB’s annual series on domestic violence awareness starts October 2 and will air every Tuesday in October on LiveLine from 12:35 to 1 p.m.

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