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City Council Takes on Freedom Boulevard, Again

The council also will review the budget and make changes to some fees.

 will have one more moment in the spotlight.

The Watsonville City Council will hold a public comment period at its meeting Tuesday evening to give residents a chance to air their complaints about the Freedom Boulevard/Lincoln Street intersection.

The road construction project, which was completed earlier this year, . The changes include a more pronounced turn as motorist turn left from Freedom onto Lincoln and the addition of crosswalks, which put pedestrians in the midst of two busy streets.

In , 75 percent of respondents said the new intersection made them feel like they'd break their necks trying to navigate it.

Last month, the city council heard from public works and police staff about the project, but the agenda item came up so late into the meeting, no residents had stayed around to hear the discussion and weigh in. That public comment period will happen Tuesday evening.

Also, the city council will go over next year's budget, including some increases in fees and rates for water, sewer, solid waste and housing services. Check out the full agenda here.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with the positive stuff. Mayoral proclamations will be presented to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County and the , and  will receive certificates of recognition.

The Watsonville City Council meets in the City Council Chambers, the fourth floor of the Civic Plaza at 275 Main St.

Jennifer Squires June 12, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Everyone usually gets fired up over this intersection. What's up today? Are you over it? The concrete's dry and the jig is up?
Cathy P. June 12, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I think part of the problem is that when residents do show up to city council meetings for the more controversial issues, the agenda item they are all fired up about is listed towards the end. It's almost as if this is purposely done do that no one stays around to weigh in. After attending numerous city council meetings, this is my personal observation. Having said that, since the city council has already heard from public works and police staff about the project, it's a done deal. Sadly, it'll take a couple dozen Mom's with strollers and kids in tow, or elderly residents getting plowed down in the so-called crosswalk before anything is reconsidered.
Patricia June 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM
It would have been more practical if the planning department or city had notified the public before doing the intricate remodeling of the roadway. Given that the meetings do tend to keep the public concerns towards the end of the evening, there doesn't seem to be much of a chance for the public to voice their opinions prior to such planning. And notice that a couple of crosswalks further on Freedom Boulevard have been eliminated. Not many people are going to walk farther to a crosswalk and so you have jaywalkers that are putting themselves in jeopardy with the traffic situation of Freedom Boulevard. Too much traffic and too little concern for the drivers and walkers.

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