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No-parking zone established outside 13th and Green Elementary School in Reading

A trial no-parking zone outside a Reading elementary school is now official.

City Council voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday to establish a limited no-parking zone on the north side of Green Street between North 13th and Linden streets from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The zone will be in effect only when 13th and Green Elementary School is in session.

Eliminating parking in the area will enhance the safety of students and pedestrians and alleviate double-parking and traffic congestion during pickup and drop-off times for students attending the school, officials said.

“It has been very much safer now that there is no parking allowed on that one side of the street, on Green Street,” said Councilwoman Melissa Ventura, who worked with the school principal, Reading School District and Reading Parking Authority to establish the zone. “It allows school buses and school vans to just pull up and kids are able to safely get on the buses and pull out.”

The ordinance introduced in November and readvertised May 20 was on hold during the trial period.

“I’m happy that we worked, I worked, together with the principal, Mr. Kevin Collins, RSD, RPA and the administration on moving this forward,” Ventura said. “I’m just happy that it is now no longer under tabled ordinances and moving into final passage.”

The city will post official no-parking signs, noting the hours, in the zone.

In other business:

• Council authorized an application for a $3 million multimodal transportation grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

If successful, the city plans to use the funds to install guardrails along 2 1/2 miles of Skyline Drive, from the Pagoda beyond the city’s boundary, through Lower Alsace Township, to the intersection of Skyline Drive and Bingaman Road in Alsace Township.

The impacted municipalities provided resolutions in support of the project, but are not parties to the grant application, officials said.

The guardrails would help protect the existing bike lane along Skyline Drive, Jamar Kelly, city finance and deputy managing director, said last year when the concept was introduced.

The rails would also help mitigate the significant amount of dumping along the drive by preventing vehicles from backing up to the existing retaining wall and tossing trash and unwanted items down the mountainside, he said.

• Council also authorized city staff to apply for the Greenways Trails and Recreation Program grant of $250,000 for development, rehabilitation and improvements to Mineral Spring Park.

If received, the grant will require a 15% match of $37,500. The matching funds would come from the city’s capital improvements budget.

“The intention of this grant application is to assist the city in reopening Mineral Spring Park,” officials said.

The project lists trail restoration, including the Gravity Railroad bed, and installation of a historic marker on the site of the former Mineral Spring Hotel.

The building was heavily damaged by a fire last year and subsequently demolished.

It was last used by the East End Athletic Association, which used the building as a club house for more than 80 years until evicted in 2017 by then-Mayor Wally Scott.



Source: Berkshire mont

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