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Posted on: March 28, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Perkins residents: Vote on Tue., Apr 2 on $1.8 million bond issue for Kirk St improvements

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Perkins residents will head to the polls Tuesday, April 2 to vote on a $1.8 million bond issue for Kirk Street improvements.

The project will ease future traffic congestion that will occur as a result of the construction of the new elementary school, as well as correcting some existing drainage issues on Kirk Street.

“This is a $1.8 million General Obligation Bond project for street improvements specifically Kirk Street from the area of Fourth Street on the west end all the way to Sadler on the east end,” Ernst said. “It will take care of some drainage issues along Kirk Street.”

Ernst said they would add curb and gutters and sidewalks and drainage up to Seventh Street. The project turns east and goes to Peters Park where the drainage from the north side of town comes under Kirk Street and would be redone.

Ernst said the road would be widened and have two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane.

“The idea is to have a turning lane for people going to the existing elementary school and try to help with the traffic congestion we will have once the new upper elementary school is complete” he said. “It will assist with safety for kids.”

Property tax increases would fund the bond if approved.

For owners of a $100,000 house of market value their first year tax increase would be $10.28 per month or $123.38 per year and if you have a $200,000 home homeowners first year monthly tax increase would be $21.55 or $258.61 per year.

“The first year the increase is always the highest and goes down from there,” he said.

Ernst said the project had the support of the Perkins-Tryon School Board of Education.

In a letter signed by Alan Nietenhoefer, P-T school board president states, “The street expansion will improve traffic and pedestrian safety. Perkins-Tryon School Board advocates for the safety and well-being of our students, and this project would provide an additional traffic lane to support smoother entry and exit to the school sites. In addition, more sidewalk access would be provided to both elementary and intermediate schools. The partnership between the City and the school creates opportunities for all those involved.”

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
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